‘The art of reading, the craft of writing’
English teaching and learning at Lime Tree seeks to ignite a passion for the written and spoken language in all children. It believes that the children should read and write creatively, studying and using the individual word, the phrase, the sentence, the paragraph and the chapter.
Our passion centres on Lime Tree pupils developing a lifelong love of reading. As such, children’s reading skills are closely monitored and nurtured through high-quality teaching of Systematic Synthetic Phonics from day one. Pupils read in a perceptive, curious and discerning manner, developing knowledge about authorial intent and writing styles, and engaging in discussions about what they have read in order to sustain a high level of vocabulary and understanding. By the end of their primary education, they are able to read fluently, with confidence and with purpose in any subject or genre.
In addition to reading enthusiasts, we strive to create confident, fluent and purposeful writers who craft pieces that have an impact on their reader by exposing pupils to high quality model texts and rich language structures from the very start of their learning journey. Children are encouraged to use their creativity and individuality to compose writing that excites them, while learning key genre specific structures that will allow them to continually broaden their skill set. By Year 6, our pupils are able to compose longer, more precise passages that demonstrate explicit and considered choices and are able to share their love for writing through performance.
Our English lessons follow Pathways to Write and seek to combine a variety of creative, stimulating opportunities with access to visual tools and various stimuli which seek to engage and enthral pupils to become inspired writers. We believe that pupil’s text development is enhanced through an active, direct and challenging approach to texts of all kinds. This involves texts from a range of authors. All books, texts and extracts are read by staff to ensure that they are appropriate for the year group.
Our youngest learners, in Tree Tots and Nursery, have daily phonics sessions centring on listening, rhyming and oral blending and segmenting skills. All of this is done through listening.
In Reception and Key Stage 1 we use Active Learn Phonics Bug. This is used for the teaching of phonics and the distribution of reading books. Each day, the children are taught phonics using Phonics Bug. This program includes fun and engaging decodable books, which supports the learning and teaching of phonics in a meaningful and memorable manner thus making comprehension easier. The books are grouped in a ‘developing order’ based on the
order of sounds introduced. The Phonics Bug books are also available online and feature online quizzes, with a focus on assessing phonic knowledge.
From Year 1 – Year 6, children also access ActiveLearn in the form of Bug Club Guided. Bug Club Guided is a robust guided reading program that helps children master fluency and deepen comprehension. Focus is placed upon clarifying, summarising, activating prior knowledge, visualising, connecting, predicting, questioning and evaluating.
All Key Stages across the school also access myON. MyON is a comprehensive online literacy program. It integrates technology with individual student’s ability in order to pair their reading level with their preferred choice of books. MyON provides a growing collection of enhanced digital books that can be read anytime, both in class and at home.
Accelerated Reader is a reading system we use on a daily basis from Year 2 – Year 6. It is an effective system for motivating children and ensuring good reading progress. Children using Accelerated Reader have a free choice of the books they read within their ZPD. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they feel in control and can choose books that are interesting to them. These books will be challenging without being frustrating and will also be at a level that they can pass the quiz and experience success. When children have finished reading a book, they will be given time to take a quiz independently.