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To achieve 'greater depth' by the end of Year 2, children must 'use the diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join some letters'. 

To achieve 'expected' by year 6, children must 'maintain legibility in joined handwriting when writing at speed'. 

For these reasons, as a school, we teach cursive writing from years 1 to 6. We feel it is important that children are secure with their cursive handwriting by the time they get to Year 6. 

The link below is a handwriting intervention named 'Fit for Handwriting'. 

Throughout Key Stage 2, this intervention is used for small groups of people and for whole classes. The aim is to enable pupils to secure their understanding of the different joins. 

If your child is struggling with their cursive handwriting, please use this document to support them at home. 

If you have any other queries regarding your child's handwriting, please see Miss Beverley or your child's class teacher. 

Reading Comprehension Homework 

 

After discussions with parents at the reading comprehension morning, as a school we have provided every child from years 1-6 with a CGP reading comprehension workbook. The aim of these is to develop children’s confidence with reading comprehensions. These workbooks will be used in class and will be sent home as homework alternate Fridays. Your child will have a week to complete this comprehension and return the workbook to class the following Friday. Your child’s teacher will check to make sure the homework has been completed.

 

The dates for the reading comprehension homework are as follows:

 

16th March

29th March

20th April

4th May

18th May

8th June

22nd June

6th July

Here are a few photos from our super reading comprehension morning 26.1.18

Date to remember

26th January 2018 Comprehension Morning

If you were unable to attend the session with Miss Beverley, the presentation slides are below. 

Useful website for inference with pictures 

 

www.onceuponapicture.co.uk

You can find examples for the KS1 and KS2 2017 SATs at...

Copy and paste the link in a browser.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-1-tests-2017-english-reading-test-materials 

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-2-tests-2017-english-reading-test-materials

Writing- Proof-reading and Editing

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At Adel we encourage proof-reading and editing a piece of work before showing a teacher. 

We have introduced COGS and ARMS as proof-reading and editing strategies. 

 

COGS is for proof-reading. It stands for:

Capital letters/Full stops

Organisation

Grammar

Spelling 

 

Children check against these 4 areas after a piece of work. 

 

ARMS is for editing. It stands for: 

Add

Remove

Move

Substitute 

 

Children are encouraged to use these prompts to edit their writing. 

 

Once children have proof-read and edited their writing, the teacher will finally mark it. 

 

Take a look at some of our fantastic writing across school 

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Year 2 really enjoyed writing our stories of 'unlikley friendships' inspired by the Yeti and the Bird. We edited our stories independently and with our peers. Then we redrafted our stories and created a story book of unlikely friendships. 
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Resources to help your children at home: 

 

Reading resources:

A particular emphasis on reading in school is comprehension skills. Children develop their ability to read and decode words in their phonics sessions. These reading/phonics sessions take place from Nursery to Year 1/2. The children then need to be able to understand the book they are reading, ask questions about it, make inferences and make predictions. Here at Adel, we teach reading comprehension through RIC lessons. This stands for Retrieve, Interpret and Choice. The RIC objectives for each year group are below. 

 

 

 

 

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These resources will help you with comprehension questions you can ask your child about their reading books.  

Debono's thinking hats 

 

Adel are now trialling the use of Debono's hats throughout school. 

Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats is a tool which can be used by practitioners to promote thinking. Each hat colour represents a different aspect of thinking. See the picture below. 

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We are utilising these different thinking hats throughout our reading questioning. Below are some examples of questions you could ask your children related to each different hat. 

Spelling resources: 

In every year group/key stage there are a list of common exception words/statutory word lists that children in those year groups must be able to read and spell. The word lists are attached below. 

 

 

In school, we follow the no nonsense spelling scheme (years 2-6). The lessons take part daily in year 2 and twice weekly in years 3-6. 

 

Below are some strategies taken from the scheme that you can use with your child to help them learn their spellings. 

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Writing

 

Writing is one of Adel Primary School's key focus' this year. We have a writing display/working wall in every classroom and a huge 'Writing Wall of Fame' in the entrance to showcase some of our fantastic writing across school. Take a look at some of the displays and the writing rich environments in our school. 

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Reading 

 

At Adel we are trying to encourage reading for pleasure. In every classroom we have a reading corner. Children can read in the corner and enjoy a range of fiction and non-fiction books. We have found that these reading corners are encouraging children to read and children are engaging in different books and thoroughly enjoying them. 

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