At Daisyfield our English curriculum develops children's ability to listen, speak, read and write for a variety of purposes. All children have a daily English lesson and we follow Lancashire English planning which blends reading, grammar work and writing opportunities. Writing is also encouraged across the curriculum in other subjects so that skills can be practised and embedded.
Please see the below document that shows the texts we use within our English Units.
The reading scheme in school uses an extensive range of very high quality books, In the EYFS and KS1 classes, the children read books carefully matched to their phonological understanding.
Children take part in shared (whole class), guided (small group with adult support) and independent reading in school.
Home Reading and Parental Involvement
It is expected that children will read at home at least three times a week and have their reading log signed by an adult each time they read.
Children that read regularly at home are rewarded with badges:
10 weeks = bronze badge
14 weeks = silver badge
18 weeks = gold badge
Badges are awarded in the weekly celebration assembly and children are displayed on the reading award displayed in their class.
Each class also has a class novel which the teacher will read at the end of each day.
Please look at our Reading Policy for more information.
Accelerated Reader is an online programme which the school has invested in to further help children with their reading. This reading programme aims to match a reading book with your child's current reading age.
To access the Accelerated Reader your child will read a book from a fabulous selection in school, take an online quiz, and then will get immediate feedback.
Children will then respond to regular feedback and will be motivated to make progress with their reading skills. The class teacher is also informed of their progress and is able to offer support in school.
The children have all been given their login details. Once logged on, your child can take a quiz at home. The questions on the quiz will all be based around the book your child has read. It is essential that the children answer all the questions independently so that we can understand each child’s individual needs. Please do not support your child with the quiz.
We celebrate the children's achievements and efforts in Reading through Accelerated Reader by a weekly competition in our Friday Celebration Assembly. Below is an example with named children being the most active readers in each class:
Reading for Pleasure
This year , as part of our School Improvement Plan, we are continuing our journey to foster a Reading for Pleasure culture within our school. This involves a radical new way of teaching reading, focusing on children and adults reading for pleasure and building a community of readers within each class, and within our wider school family.
Research from the Open University has found that children who read for pleasure improve their life chances, not just in education, but in mental wellbeing and social relationships. However, children need support to develop the habit and love of reading. We will be providing as much of this in school as we can, but we need your help at home to really make it count.
Time and space to hear stories and to read and talk informally about what you’re reading makes a huge difference to children’s pleasure in reading.
There are 3 main things that you can do to help support your child’s reading:
To find out more download: Supporting Readers At Home Poster.
Brilliant Book Awards
Here at Daisyfield we hold the Brilliant Book Awards. Children are selected and they receive a book from the set of texts from this scheme and we read them and vote on our favourite. It is to encourage children aged six and seven years to develop a love of reading, and to discuss what they have read with each other.
Mrs Gristwood runs this club. To find out more please click on the link below:
The Fantastic Book Awards
To further promote a love of reading in our children we are involved in the Fantastic Book Awards with Lancashire Library. This is a reading club for Yr 5 and 6, where a group of children read a range of books, discuss and then vote on the best one.
To find out more please click on the link below: