At Roehampton Church School we teach ‘The Power of Reading’ in our daily lessons – this is an approach that focuses on reading and interpreting whole texts, making cross-curricular links and engaging with a wide range of genres to ensure interest and progression across the school.Please click on the links below for further information:CurriculumReadingWriting

Curriculum

Literacy Overviews

Below are links to our literacy overviews for each year group.

Literacy overview

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

These grids show the coverage of each genre and how long each unit is taught for.

Reading

Phonic Learning

At Roehampton Church School we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. Reception and Year 1 have discrete phonics sessions every day for approximately 20 minutes. Within these sessions children are introduced to all 44 sounds and then efficient methods for blending these to successfully read. These skills are consolidated at the beginning of Year 2 before the focus moves more towards spelling and grammar.

Suggested links to parents

Alphablocks: Guide to phonics

Phonicsplay: Parents Menu

Guided reading occurs on a daily basis in each class from Y1-Y6. The children are organised into small groups and partake in a carousel where they have the opportunity to experience five different activities across one week. In addition, children are listened to on a 1:1 basis throughout their early stages of fluency.

The guided reading rota applies throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Please click the hyper link to view the document.

Home Reading

At Roehampton Church School, we believe that reading is a crucial life skill and therefore we encourage children to read at home on a daily basis. We recommend that children read aloud to an adult who then asks them some questions about the text that they have read.

We praise children who regularly bring back their signed reading record by awarding them a medal and certificate on a half termly basis. Each time a child reads at our school, it is recorded on a class sticker chart and one child from each year group is awarded ‘Star Reader’ on a weekly basis. These winners gain special access to our reading stars cupboard updated regularly with new novels.

Click here for a suggested list and questions that you could ask your child before, during and after a reading session.

For more information about our home-school reading system, please click the hyper link.

Reading for Pleasure

We heavily promote reading for pleasure within our school and we host many events throughout the year to encourage a love for reading.

Events

Highlights

Scholastic Book fairs Take place 3 times a year and are run by School Council members.
World Book Day A great event at our school and we have loads of fun each year dressing up as book characters.
Reading for Pleasure invitations Twice a year we allow the children to invite a family member into school to join in with a large community reading event.
Reading Club A huge summer hit where the children chill out after school in the sun with a good book and some snacks!

Writing

At Roehampton Church School we deliver a text based curriculum as shown in our literacy overview maps. In addition to daily literacy sessions, the children in Foundation Stage / Key Stage 1 receive daily phonic sessions and Key Stage 2 children receive a discrete grammar session once a week.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

For more details, please click the year group for the Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) Scheme of Work documents.

Year group

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1

Words children are expected to read and spell by the end of the year.

Year group

Documents

Nursery

Reception

High Frequency Word Lists: Phase 2 and Phase 3
Year 1 High Frequency Word Lists: Phase 4 and Phase 5
Year 2 High Frequency Word Lists: Phase 5 and beyond

Statutory National Curriculum Spellings

Children are expected to spell all these by the end of each year.

Year group

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Grammar and punctuation

Please click here to view the Grammar glossary for parents document.

Handwriting

From September 2015, we use RCS Handwriting Style. Please download the letter to parents.