‘Teachers at Yeo Moor use literature – books, stories and poetry - to inspire and motivate children extremely effectively. You can see it in the quality of the written work in the children’s books. You can see the children have been entirely engaged by the characters and situations they have encountered in their reading.’
- Penny Boardman, English Advisor, North Somerset.
Reading Inspiring Writing: helping children to become lifelong readers and writers using high quality texts.
At Yeo Moor Primary School we plan our topics – whether history, science or geography based – around a high quality children’s book. For example a geography topic on continents might begin with ‘Lost and Found’ where the character journeys to the South Pole with a penguin. Work on World War Two might be built around Hanna’s suitcase, the story of a child who is evacuated. In this way, by identifying with the characters in the story, the children are able to connect with the events they are learning about, which otherwise could remain very abstract.
We also use texts as models for the children’s writing. This could be studying the writer’s use of figurative language to introduce metaphors, or it could be reading the diary of an explorer to help children understand the key points and structure of a journal.
Films, inspired by the book ‘Traction Man’ have been made by Year Two.
Year Six raised money to visit London to ride on the London Eye, thanks to ‘The London Eye Mystery’, and perhaps most memorably of all, SF Said, author of Varjak Paw, was invited by Year Three and Four to visit – his fee paid by money they had raised.
However, most importantly for teachers and children, is the excitement and inspiration the books have and that this is, then, reflected in their reading and writing.
If you would like any further information about this or guidance on choosing books for your children do not hesitate to ask!
Phonics Teaching and Reading
At Yeo Moor we place a very high value upon young people learning to read. We take a lot of care and time to make sure children become able and effective to love books and enjoy reading.
We teach phonics using the structure of the Letters and Sounds programme. As children move through the early stages of learning phonics, they practice by reading texts which are entirely decodable from schemes such as Rigby Star and Rigby Rockets, Oxford Reading Tree, Songbirds, Floppy Phonics and Snapdragons. Once the children have a secure knowledge of letter/sound correspondences and can blend words confidently, they access our Book Banded reading scheme which has books from various published schemes, (such as Rigby, Oxford Reading Tree, Collins and Spirals) and is designed to give children experience of a variety of reading genres. There are fiction and non-fiction books within each level.
All children are encouraged to select books from the library of from home to share with their parents to encourage a love of reading. Once children can fluently and with a good understanding, they self-select books for independent reading from the school library or from home. The progress of all children is carefully monitored and individual learning programmes are put in place for those who may need a different approach or extra support to become a competent and efficient reader. This is also to ensure pupils are selecting challenging, engaging and enjoyable texts! We have high expectations around reading at Yeo Moor as reading is a vital access skill. Through reading, children can also access learning independently and with greater depth. Our pupils are encouraged to read every day so that the habit is formed early to ensure a lifelong love of reading.