Literacy

We encourage a love of reading

We use levelled guided reading groups to raise reading standards.

We undertake weekly comprehension tasks and use Headstart and Bug Club to improve written comprehension skills. BUG CLUB is our online reading resource. It is excellent and free for you to use. It will even read to you!


We set weekly spellings in Class 2 and Key Stage 2 using HeadStart materials
 
We have Read Write Inc in KS 1

Children take home beautifully published Reading Logs in which to record their home reading. These logs contain all the spellings they need for their Year Group and lots of Reading Response Activities to do at home. They also contain pages for collecting great phrases and captivating settings. 

We use Talk for Writing across the school and Pie Corbett's Igniting Writing Writing Frames and Toolkits to help us to write across the curriculum. We use HeadStart Writing tools and HeadStart Grammar resources which embed grammar teaching within a quality text.
 
 
Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 use the Literacy and Language Scheme to support the teaching of reading and writing. We use Essential Fiction as a resource. We try to embed our curriculum around quality reading texts so that children learn from reading. 
 
We invite in lots of authors, poets and travelling theatre groups.....
 
Paul Cookson, Emma Carroll and Angie Sage have all visited in recent years.
 
We take children to the Dillington House Poetry Slam. We intend to host a Taunton Poetry Slam. 
This year we are taking part in The Lost Words poetry project.
 
 

We are Gold Standard subscribers to Resources for Learning and so we are always updating our reading selections...
 
We are members of The Somerset Literacy Network and use this to keep abreast of the latest ideas in Literacy. 
 
We have a fully stocked and newly opened school library run by Mrs Price which is open three times a week out of school and is opened for each class within school time.
 
We take children to Taunton Library. 
 
We run two book fairs a year to give children an opportunity to buy books on site. 
 
We have within school and cross school buddy reading schemes. 
 
We have overseas pen pals. 
 
We always celebrate World Book Day in an exciting way. 
 
We put on a school play each year. 
 
 
We take part in outdoor and extreme reading and our travelling book cases help us to do this....
We have a well developed Read Write Inc system in place and we teach phonics in small groups throughout Key Stage One and into Key Stage Two
We have an agreed marking scheme in Key Stage 2
We use a Grammar Passport to help us to remember the things we learn.
We have had a Guardian Book Club group in school who met to review books and who publish their reviews on line.
 
 
You will be able to see some of our e book reviews on this site.
 
 
We have a school blog. 
https://stgeorgesprimarytaunton.wordpress.com/category/book-reviews/

We also have a regular Poetry Step recital in assemblies.

Children are encouraged to learn and recite a poem in front of the whole school.

Mrs Earp will be running a Library Club in our new school library and a Homework Club for anyone to log in to BUG CLUB and complete their home reading at school. 

We shadowed The Carnegie Award this year. 
 
We host Book Breakfasts and Book Tasting events to encourage children to read and discuss new texts. 
 
We give out Golden Tickets with termly prizes to reward reading. 
 
We have library ambassadors. 
 
We regularly Tweet about reading. 
Great Book Logs... see Twitter for regular Reading Log examples. 
We want our children to have beautiful handwriting like this.
We praise great standards of presentation.
All work in Literacy books should be accompanied by a title and a long date and these two items should be underlined with a ruler.
We subscribe to Bug Club so that children can read on line.
Our Reading Logs encourage children to learn, collect and use great words, phrases and settings.
We love the useful phrases in this book that parents can use as a model for writing in Reading Logs.
We use the Nelson handwriting font as our handwriting model. Below are examples of all of the joins.
2016 Spelling Bee Winners!
Use this website for book recommendations. 
Mrs Earp's Top Tips for helping your child to read. 
 
Love reading yourself. Have books lying around and read in front of your child. Show them how important it is. Inspire your child to read because you read. 
 
Log into Bug Club. It is produced by the same company that produces SATS papers. The on line comprehension questions are brilliant for helping your child with comprehension. 
 
At KS 1 Bug Club will read to your child as there is an audio function. If you are not able to read aloud to your child, Bug Club can do it for you. 
 
End the day with a cuddle and a book. 
 
Learn a short story or a poem off by heart. 
 
Read aloud at home often. 
 
Read together - a page each. Who makes the book the most exciting to listen to? Who has the most expressive reading aloud voice. 
 
Drop everything and ask your child to tell you about the book that they are reading. 
 
Visit the Book Trust website and consult the Top 100 for great book recommendations. 
 
Listen to audio books at night or in the car. 
 
Search for great words and exciting punctuation together. 
 
Try reading the punctuation. It helps your child to notice that it is there and how it works to benefice the writing. 
 
Check our website and school Twitter account for book recommendations.
 
Visit Taunton Library together OFTEN - it is free and parking at the school is free as well!
 
Read the book reviews at Waterstones or talk to a member of staff there. They are super helpful and are always ready to tell you about books. 
 
Ask for and give books for birthdays and Christmas. 
 
Buy a set of books by the same author so your child can really get to know the style of an author and follow a story line. 
 
Read the book and then watch the film so that you can compare the two. 
 
Subscribe to a child's magazine or newspaper. 
 
Read from The Internet. Visit the Blue Peter or the First News or the Newsround websites to read about current affairs. 
 
Research authors. Encourage your child to be interested in the writer as well as the writing. 
 
Our Twitter Account is @StGeorgesTauntn
Please try to read as many of these books as you can. We have all of them in school. Ask Mrs Price or Mrs Earp for book recommendations that suit you when you visit the library. We will be able to help you to make links to books that suit your likes and dislikes. 
Read Book Reviews written by children at the school at:
 
https://stgeorgesprimarytaunton.wordpress.com/category/book-reviews/