We are all well aware of the importance of reading and how lack of reading stamina disadvantages children not only in exams but in their future prospects in the work place and society.
Lancashire Authority have designated the Spring of 2018 to the Spring of 2019 as a “Let’s Get Reading” Year in which all schools, libraries, children and young people’s services work together to promote reading in all its guises.
At Wellfield we are taking the pledge to do all we can to raise the profile of reading in our District 12 We Are Reading cluster group. Although the project officially ends in the Spring of 2019 we have had so much fun that we are sure the good practice and enthusiasm generated will be sustained beyond that and will enrich the reading cultures of schools within our district.
We had a great time at our very first ‘Snuggle Up with a Book’ evening on Monday 3rd December.
We invited our reception and Key Stage 1 children back to school dressed in their snuggliest PJs with a cushion and their favourite teddy. Storyteller Rogan Mills ran a fantastic bedtime story session with the children before enjoying some tasty bedtime refreshments and retiring home to bed. Let's get excited about reading together!
Schools taking part in the District 12 - We Are Reading campaign took part in an exciting Tales on the Turf event which aimed at celebrating children who had shown exceptional effort and achievement in reading.
We enjoyed a fun packed day; taking part in reading workshops, swapping books with other schools, meeting storyteller Rogan Mills and even having a reading and workshop with author and environmentalist Sarah Roberts!
As part of our work to promote high standards of spelling throughout the school, we will again be taking part in the SWAT cluster ‘Spelling Bee’ competition which runs from Year 1 to Year 6. In our experience, this has proved to be a motivating and fun way to celebrate the achievements of all the children. We will be joining with our SWAT cluster that consists of twelve other local primary schools. The spelling competition semi-final and final will include children from all thirteen schools.
Each year group will have a list of words to learn that are taken from the National Curriculum yer group expectations. Children will have already practised many of these words in their spellings and this will be a useful opportunity to ensure that they have remembered these words. Each class teacher will provide opportunities for the children to practise spelling these orally throughout February.
The ‘Spelling Bee’ will run as follows:
Round One – Wednesday 13th February 2019
Spelling Bee competitions will take place in school. Children will have two minutes to spell as many words aloud as they can correctly. A point will be awarded for each correct spelling. The child who receives the highest point score from each year group will go through to the semi-final.
Semi-Final – Spring Term (dates TBC)
The Wellfield winners will participate in the semi-final and will compete against children from Padiham Green Primary School and Whittlefield Primary School. The competition will follow the same format as round one in which the children have two minutes to spell as many words aloud as they can correctly. Again, all the words will be taken from the word lists provided. At the end of the semi-final, there will be one winner from each year group. These children will then go to the final to compete against the winners of the other semi-final competitions held throughout the SWAT cluster.
Final – Summer Term (dates TBC)
The winners from the SWAT semi-finals will compete to be the ‘Spelling Bee’ champion. They will need to compete against other schools to spell as many words as they can correctly in two minutes. The final will be in the same format of a traditional Spelling Bee and spellings will need to be said aloud in front of an audience.
We believe that this structure gives all children the opportunity to take part in a fun event whilst reinforcing important work on spelling. Please help your child to practise their spellings at home as we really hope that some of our children make it to the SWAT final!
Thank you in advance for your support!
Seven years ago, Chris Evans had a dream: to get children excited about reading and writing. All children, no matter what their ability. 500 Words is now one of the most successful story-writing competitions for kids in the world: Three quarters of a million children have written a story for them over the years!
It’s very simple. Entrants write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 Words or fewer and submit it online. If they win, their story will be read live on the radio by a superstar celebrity…like Julie Walters, David Walliams, Tom Hiddleston, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Jeremy Irons, or Sherlock himself – Benedict Cumberbatch. Each year, 10 million Radio 2 listeners hear, read and love these stories.
This year, Wellfield have decided to encourage children to enter by planning and producing our stories at school. We will send these stories home so, if you want to enter, all you need to do is follow the link below.
Thank you for attending our Writing Workshop. We hope it gave you a better understanding of expectations in writing across each year group and how they progress.
If you missed out and want to catch up on any information, please see the information below.
Take a look at the spelling expectations for each year group...
As children now undertake statutory Spelling, punctuation and Grammar tests in Year 6 and optional tests in Year 2, it is vital that grammar skills are taught consistently throughout the year groups.
Formal testing for standards in spelling, punctuation and grammar do not occur in other year groups but teacher assessments will take these areas into account when assessing children to be working towards, secure or working above age related expectations.
For more information about what is expected in other year groups, please see the grammar and spelling expectations by year group above.
It is very important that children read a minimum of three times a week and every day if at all possible to support the move from blending to fluency and comprehension.
Take a look at these prompts you can use to support children's understanding of what they read at home:
Children in Years 2 and 6 complete statutory SATS testing in reading. In all other year groups, teacher assessment will take place to ensure children are making good progress against their year group expectations.