Welcome to the English page. We work together to ensure that the children at Nevill Road Junior School can access a broad, balanced and creative curriculum through all subject areas. On this page you will find information about how we teach reading and writing at Nevill Road Juniors as well as information about spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Our Reading Intent: At Nevill Road Junior School we feel passionately about instilling a love of reading in all of our pupils. We value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. Children are encouraged to read a wide range of texts using ambitious vocabulary and we incorporate reading within all areas of the curriculum. Our reciprocal reading approach enables children to discuss texts with confidence using key skills and knowledge to develop their understanding. Our reading scheme follows on from the Infant School to ensure continuity and Phonics are taught to those children who continue to need this approach to develop their reading skills.
Please see the document 'Reading at Nevill Road' to see how we teach the reading cycle across school.
Our Writing Intent: At Nevill Road Junior School we feel encourage children to use their imagination, be creative and have a love for writing. We value writing as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong writers. Children are encouraged to write across a wide range of genres including fiction, non-fiction and poetry as well as in all subject areas. Our writing cycle uses a variety of ‘hooks’ to engage and excite children with drama and quality texts as an integral part of this process. Children are encouraged to experience and talk about their learning, which enables them to develop their confidence in using key skills and knowledge to be creative and structure their writing. SPAG and handwriting skills are also linked to the writing cycle in order for children to understand that this is all part of the writing process.
Please see the document 'Writing at Nevill Road' to see how we teach the reading cycle across school.
Spelling ASPIRE day
On the last day before the holidays, the children enjoyed taking part in a day of spelling activities which ended in our first Nevill Road Spelling Bee. Well done to Liam. Alexander, James and Mariam who were the year group winners.
Writing and Drama ASPIRE day
This term our first ASPIRE day of the year had a writing and drama focus. At the beginning of the week the CLL team introduced the opening section of 'The Tunnel' by Anthony Browne. For the rest of the week, the children used drama techniques to become fully immersed in the text which has led to some outstanding pieces of writing across school. Many of these were shared during assembly, the vocabulary used captured all of us. The children definitely Aimed High this week and created some incredibly imaginative and successful pieces of writing.
Love for Reading
At Nevill Road Juniors we encourage children to read when ever possible and have spent this year re stocking and organising our school library. Our Year 5 and 6 librarians have done a fantastic job of keeping the area well looked after as well as listening to other chidlren read from across the school. Mrs Hancock's lunchtime reading club has also been extremely popular. Children have visited Stockport's Plaza to meet famous authors and hear extracts from their latest books. This has included Lauren Childs and Francesca Simon. As part of World Book Week we invited family members to share books with the children. The Friends of Nevill Road also set up a reading challenge for all children to take part in. The money raised has been used to purchase books for the 100 Reads Book Challenge.
The books on each list are a range of fiction, non-fiction, some well-known classics and more recent authors. In order for our children to have access to a wide variety of texts, we are building up a set of all the books on each of the reading lists, which can be found in the school library. This means that every child can access the books and some will be read in class by the class teachers as well as used for writing hooks in English lessons. Awards will be presented when the children have read 20, 40, 60, 80 and the full 100 books by the end of their Phase. For some children we will be providing a different list in order for their special educational needs to be met appropriately.
Here is some further information about the challenge:
- There is a list of books for Y3 / Y4, Y5 / Y6. These will be stapled in to reading diaries and shared on the school website.
- The books can be read in any order independently or with help.
- Whenever your child reads, please record this in their reading diaries.
- If you do not have one of the books at home or in your local library, you can borrow them from school. These can be signed out from the library.
- Book swaps are a great idea and if you would like to donate any of the books to the school, we will happily ensure they are used well. You can read your book at home and in school time during quiet reading.
- Reading a great book is a reward in itself but we have extra prizes as well!
Reading is a great way to spend time together as a family. In order to help your child read at home, please have a look at the Reading Gem Questions, which will enable your child to have a greater understanding of the text they are reading.
1. Encourage your child to read
Reading helps your child’s wellbeing, develops imagination and has educational benefits too. Just a few minutes a day can have a big impact on children of all ages.
2. Read aloud regularly
Try to read to your child every day. It’s a special time to snuggle up and enjoy a story. Stories matter and children love re-reading them and poring over the pictures. Try adding funny voices to bring characters to life.
3. Encourage reading choice
Give children lots of opportunities to read different things in their own time - it doesn’t just have to be books. There’s fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics, magazines, recipes and much more. Try leaving interesting reading material in different places around the home and see who picks it up.
4. Read together
Choose a favourite time to read together as a family and enjoy it. This might be everyone reading the same book together, reading different things at the same time, or getting your children to read to each other. This time spent reading together can be relaxing for all.
5. Create a comfortable environment
Make a calm, comfortable place for your family to relax and read independently - or together.
6. Make use of your local library
Libraries in England are able to open from 4 July, so visit them when you’re able to and explore all sorts of reading ideas. Local libraries also offer brilliant online materials, including audiobooks and ebooks to borrow. See Libraries Connected for more digital library services and resources.
7. Talk about books
This is a great way to make connections, develop understanding and make reading even more enjoyable. Start by discussing the front cover and talking about what it reveals and suggests the book could be about. Then talk about what you’ve been reading and share ideas. You could discuss something that happened that surprised you, or something new that you found out. You could talk about how the book makes you feel and whether it reminds you of anything.
8. Bring reading to life
You could try cooking a recipe you’ve read together. Would you recommend it to a friend? Alternatively, play a game where you pretend to be the characters in a book, or discuss an interesting article you’ve read.
9. Make reading active
Play games that involve making connections between pictures, objects and words, such as reading about an object and finding similar things in your home. You could organise treasure hunts related to what you’re reading. Try creating your child’s very own book by using photos from your day and adding captions.
10. Engage your child in reading in a way that suits them
You know your child best and you’ll know the best times for your child to read. If they have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) then short, creative activities may be the way to get them most interested. If English is an additional language, encourage reading in a child’s first language, as well as in English. What matters most is that they enjoy it.