World Book Day 2019
What a super day had by all on World Book Day! The children all worked really hard on their poetry recitals and every class did brilliantly with their poetry performance in the hall and the staff had everybody laughing with their performance of Roald Dahls 'Revolting Rhymes'.
World Book Day 2019
What a super day had by all on World Book Day! The children and staff went to great effort on their outfits and all looked amazing! The children all worked really hard on their poetry recitals and every class did brilliantly with their poetry performance in the hall and the staff had everybody laughing with their performance of Roald Dahls 'Revolting Rhymes'.
World Book Day 2019
Links to poems to learn and perform in school on March 7th 2019. Links to poems by women too for international women's week also.
Parent/ Carer comments and feedback
Reading Open Morning Wednesday 4th July 2018
Thank you to all those of you who attended our Reading Open Morning. We had some lovely, positive feedback, here are a few of the written feedback comments we recieved.
"Found the talk on the Key Reading Skills really helpful & tips for encouraging at home. Interesting to see this played out in different ways with different ages & abilities. Thanks"
"Very informative talk before joining the children. Lovely to see the children enjoying the books."
"Thanks very much for the opportunity to see how you've developed reading. It all seems great! :-) "
"Very informative and interesting. Good to see how older/more advanced readers will be developed. Thanks"
"Thank you for a really informative morning, and taking time to inform us. It was really interesting to see how you are making reading more interesting and also more understanding for the children".
"A really interesting insight into reading".
"Very Informative and a great opportunity to find out about 1:1 Reading and the skill letter code, which will be used in Year 1 with my daughter. I will work on retrieval at home with J to develop her reading."
"Really useful to see how the curriculum in different classes are learning and practicing reading. I think the new methods look interesting and varied and I think my child will respond well to
them. Also useful for teachers to assess the reading in a structured way."
Our aim is to foster a love of reading so that children read for pleasure and enjoyment!
Here at Kirkstall St Stephen’s English is a core subject and is embedded across the curriculum. It is a life skill which is essential to the development of the child and will help enhance learning in all areas. The acquisition of English is essential since it encompasses all areas of learning and as such we would encourage, where appropriate, a cross curricular approach to the teaching of English as this can be exploited to provide meaningful learning contexts.
At Kirkstall St Stephens we strive to achieve a more creative and experiential approach to the curriculum. We strive to create a community of readers and writers who use their skills confidently and competently.
Here at Kirkstall St Stephen's we initially teaching reading through a synthetic phonics programme.
- Jolly phonics (Reception)
- Letters and sounds (Year 1 and 2)
- Rising stars weekly spelling tests
In Year 2 and key stage 2 we also use:
- A variety of texts linking to topics to teach the 10 key comprehension skills.
- Various different resources and book schemes to teach the national curriculum comprehension skills for each year goup
Reading Information for Parents
The attached files for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 contain the following key information for parents: * Book bands
One to One Reading across school
At Kirkstall St Stephen's we teach reading through the 'ten key skills' which are: Goal Preview Monitor Visualise Infer Question Retrieval Vocabulary Summarise Predict