Prayer and Liturgy are an integral part of our day. We enjoy this not only in class led by both teachers and children but shared as a school or key stage. Often Mrs Pearson leads prayers ad liturgy. This prayer and liturgy celebrated RE Week.
Reading and Phonics at St Mary's
In Reception and Key Stage 1 we use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme to start children on their reading journey. Children in Key Stage 2 also use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme in addition to other appropriate books. Children are given a reading book appropriate to their level of reading ability. Children take a book home with a reading journal record so that parents can log the details of how often a child reads at home or any other relevant comments.
Each KS1 and KS2 class completes a daily guided reading session. During this session, teachers listen to a group of children read and can help children to improve their reading strategies and also assess their progress.
We participate in the Accelerated Reader (AR) program, a software assessment tool that helps teachers motivate their students to read and help them improve their reading skills. The AR program is associated with a number of benefits. For one, the software contains a built-in formula that suggests book titles to students that could interest them based on their individual reading levels and progress. As a result, students struggle less with books above their reading comprehension levels and are able to enjoy reading at their own individual levels - indirectly improving students' attitudes about reading and encouraging them to read more frequently. After students have finished reading an assigned book, they can take a quiz based on the book's material and content. The purpose of the quizzes is to evaluate whether a student is able to comprehend a book and to access the student's vocabulary skills. Additionally, the AR program has been shown to help students prepare for senior school, college and future careers, and has the potential of turning students into lifelong readers and learners.
For more information on Letters and Sounds, Accelerated Reader and Year 1 Phonics Screening Check click on the links below...