At Tattershall Primary School we know that by putting reading at the heart of all our learning, children will be able to enter into exciting worlds through books, improve their powerful knowledge and confidently access the curriculum we provide. We believe everyone at our school has a duty to promote reading and this begins in reception and throughout Key Stage One. We develop children’s love for books through sustained structured conversations and discussions.
Our aim is to help children develop a lifelong love for reading so we teach reading in Reception through our Systematic Synthetic Phonics Programme, Little Wandle Letters and Sounds. Children learn to decode and recognise words through daily, high quality, systematic, phonics teaching. (See link below for more information). Skills in comprehension, stamina and fluency are developed in Key Stage Two where children are taught through small group guided reading sessions.
English Genre Maps
At Tattershall Primary School we make sure our English lessons cover a wide range of genres. The Genre maps outline the genres your child will cover throughout the academic year. Please click the genre map for your child's class to see what genres they will be covering.
At Tattershall Primary we use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Phonics programme. The programme overview gives an insight into the phonemes and graphemes your child will learn each term through Class 1 and Class 2.
The Reading Spine
The Reading Spine is a core of books that create a living library inside a child’s minds: a store of classics and essential reads that help children engage at a deeper level and enter the world of the story, fostering a love of reading from Reception to Year 6.
Great books build the imagination. The more we read aloud expressively, and the more children are able to savour, discuss and reinterpret literature through the arts, the more memorable the characters, places and events become, building an inner world.
Reading develops the ability to think in the abstract; to follow lines of thought. Schools that have a reading spine, build a common bank of stories that bind the community together. These are shared and deeply imagined common experiences.
On the way home
Mrs Armitage on wheels
Six Dinner Sid
Mr Grumpy’s Outing
Peace at Last
Cops and Robbers
Elephant and Bad Boy
Can’t you sleep Little bear
Lost and Found
Tiger Who Came to Tea
Where the wold things are
Not now, Bernard
Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
Owl who was afraid of the dark
Fantastic Mr Fox
Frog and Toad Together
Traction Man is Here
Who’s afraid of the big bad book?
Emily Brown and the thing
Willa and Old Miss Annie
Dr Xargle’s Book of Erathlets
Hansel and Gretel
Cat Tales: Ice Cat
Lion, Witch & Wardrobe
Battle of Bubble and Squeak
Voices in the Park
Why the whales came
Bill’s new frock
Girl who stole an elephant
Tom’s Midnight Garden
Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Clockwork, or, All wound up
Learing abount instructions
In English class 2 have written their own version of the 'Don't Let The Pigeon' books by Mo Willems as part of their learning about instructions. They did such a good job that they wanted to share their books with class 5.
World Book Day
Class 2 enjoyed dressing up as different characters from some of their favourite stories. We also made finger puppets of some of our favourite characters
Class 3 and Class 5
We really enjoyed sharing our favourite books with Class 5 during World Book Day. All children took it in turn to read their book and then listen carefully to their partner read.
Class 2 and Class 6
To help celebrate World Book Day class 6 and class 2 shared some of their favourite stories together
Class 5 have brought their play script learning to and end by writing a scene from Macbeth in their own style. A few of the plays were then shared amongst the Class and performed. The writers were very pleased with how their plays were performed and all actors and actresses said the plays were clear to act out. A fantastic effort by Class 5.
Class 5 children have been learning poetry off by heart. Children really enjoyed then performing their learnt poems to their peers.
World Book Day
Class 1 loved dressing up for World Book Day and talking about their favourite books.
Whatever Next 2 February
Class 1 have enjoyed listening to and retelling the story 'Whatever Next'.
Phonics drop in session 21 September
Class 1 had a drop in session for parents to ask questions about the teaching of phonics and see some of the resources we use at school.
Owl babies 21 September
Class 1 have been listening to the story ‘Owl Babies’. We have talked about the characters in the story and made puppets and painted owl pictures. We created the setting by collecting leaves, feathers and twigs. We enjoyed retelling the story in our setting.
Superhero stories 2nd July
We are really enjoying turning ourselves into superheroes to write a fantasy story. We even wear our superhero masks to help us think of ‘super’ ideas to make our writing interesting!
Dinosaurs 26 June
Class 1 used their love of dinosaurs as a context for storytelling and writing. The children developed a story setting for small world role play and thought of brilliant adventures for the dinosaurs. A triceratops went missing and the children created posters and maps to help find him!
World Book Day 28 March
English Week 22 March
Class 2 focused on The Twits during English week. When we read the story we really enjoyed listening to how awful Mr and Mrs Twit were and how magnificent the Roly-Poly Bird was, so we decided to make our own for the classroom. We worked in groups to create them and then we described each character.
West End Theatre Company
The whole school had a visit from the West End theatre company and KS1 focused on the book, The Twits. The Children explored the characters of the story by acting out their characteristics and then they worked together to act out two scenes of the book.
In Class 1, Class2 and Class 3 we’ve been very lucky to have had a visit from an author Grant Koper. Who read his new book ‘The Day Granny’s Knickers Blew Away!’. It was really amusing and had all the children giggling.
Grant spoke to us about how an author creates a book and the importance of re-drafting and improving our work. After speaking to Grant many of the children said that they were now inspired to create their own books.
Instructions 26 January
We have been learning how to write instructions. We have used imperative verbs and time connectives to help us write a recipe for fruit kebabs. We then followed our recipe instructions and made our own. They we deliciously fruity!