At Rudston Primary School we feel it important to develop a good understanding of spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) in order to strengthen children’s writing and reading throughout their time at school. In order to enhance children’s spelling, punctuation and grammar children partake in learning activities which are taught directly in SPaG sessions and also discreetly throughout English.
Every classroom (year 1-year 6) contains a spelling stop or SPaG station which includes a help desk and learning wall to support children’s independent learning. Children are tested on both their spelling and their punctuation and grammar as part of their SATs at the end of key stage 1 and key stage 2 (year 2 and 6). See downloads below for sample material.
At Rudston, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (and other year groups where necessary), follow the DFE Letters and Sounds documentation for our phonics teaching. This involves a daily four part lesson adopting the synthetic approach to teaching.
At Rudston we recognise that literacy skills are essential to attainment in school and opportunities throughout life. We teach literacy skills through a carefully selected range of high quality children’s literature.
Speaking and Listening
We strongly believe that speaking and listening skills are the building blocks of literacy. In order to succeed as writers, children need to cultivate a love of words and language. They need to build a bank of stories, which they can draw on for ideas and language patterns, and develop oral story telling skills that help them internalise the language they need. Therefore, developing talk in the classroom is a priority at Rudston.
Developing a love of reading is the single most powerful attribute that can make a difference to our children’s future attainment. From Foundation Stage right up to Year 6, the children in Rudston are encouraged to develop an enjoyment of reading and books.
Children at Rudston are taught reading skills through a programme of synthetic phonics (Letters and Sounds), work to memorise key words, and reading good books to develop an interest in stories. Once they are on their way to reading, children are taught individually, in small groups (supported reading and guided reading) and as a class to develop their reading further.
Home School Reading
We all know that if children read at home, they are more likely to be successful learners at school. We encourage children and parents to regularly read the Bug club books which are assigned online to each child’s individual account. We welcome feedback about your child’s reading experiences at home.
At Rudston we understand the link between good talking and skillful writing. We also know that children will be motivated to write if the purpose of writing is clear. We build on our children’s interests indoor and outdoors to inspire them to write.
All letters start on the line with a lead-in stroke and this handwriting style is taught from Reception right through the school.
Our aim is that the children will be able to write clearly, fluently and quickly so that they can cope with the everyday demands of life and school.
At Rudston, all children are introduced to Cursive Handwriting from the start. We believe this raises standards in the Early Years which has impacted throughout the whole school, developing confidence, accuracy and fluency and improved presentation.
The rules of the Cursive Style helps:
- to minimise confusion for the child as every letter starts on the line with an entry stroke and leads out with an exit stroke
- with the flow of Cursive Writing as letters naturally flow into each other; it is impossible to write separate letters without joining
- form spacing between words as the child develops whole word awareness
- develop a child’s visual memory
- all children’s writing skills regardless of academic ability
- to develop skills of punctuation and grammar
Writing for a purpose and for an audience gives children the opportunity to show how they can write independently and apply their skills. The children enjoyed the Crashed Satellite Investigation, exploring clues, discussing evidence and writing in response to the immersive activities.