BOOK WEEK 2016
The Roald Dahl themed Book Week was a great success. TThe week was filled with lots of fun activities including the launch of our new library, Drama workshops, cinema experiences and even a Dahlicious Lunch where the children were able to hunt for hidden Golden tickets to swap for Wonka bar prizes. The theme for our Dressing Up day was characters from Roald Dah books and the school was a colourful mixture of Willy Wonkas, crocodiles, Matildas, Oompa Loompas, Fantastic Mr Foxes and many more!
During our Book at Bedtime event pupils and staff came back to school in their pyjamas. The children enjoyed stories whilst parents were able to browse and buy books.
English Curriculum Yearly overview
Many of you have said that you want to help your child with handwriting, but don’t want to “get it wrong”. So, as a school we have subscribed to “Letter–join” which provides you with a wealth of resources to help your child develop a fluent cursive handwriting style.
All children at our school can now access the Letter-join website at home to help them with their handwriting. Simply go to www.letterjoin.co.uk and use these details:
Phonics is an important skill which taught from the time children start school. It enables them to decode when reading and develop their spelling skills. At St Martin’s CEP School we use a scheme called LETTERS AND SOUNDS.
At the end of Year 1 all pupils are screened using the DfE Phonics Screening materials. Any pupils who do not meet the required threshold will receive additional support and will be rescreened at the end of Year 2.
Pupils at St Martin’s CEP School have the opportunity to develop their reading skills in many different ways across the curriculum. We recognise that children have different interests and abilities and for this reason we use a range of reading schemes including:
- Bug Club
- Oxford Reading Tree
All books are banded and children are benchmarked – this focuses on decoding and comprehension. This is a valuable process which enables staff to ensure that pupils are provided with appropriate challenge and support.
It is important that you read regularly with your child - remember that all children have access to books Bug Club – if they have lost their log in details please ask your child’s teacher