Millfield Primary School - English - Reading
Reading is the most important skill that we must teach our pupils to ensure that they become fluent readers as quickly as possible.
We want every pupil at this school to be a confident, fluent reader who not only reads to learn but also reads for pleasure.
Fluent readers will learn more, because they can read and gain knowledge for themselves.
In order to achieve this aim of every pupil being a strong confident fluent reader we use a range of approaches including:
- teachers reading a class book regularly, which allows all children to listen and respond to texts beyond their own reading age and to expose our learners to the vast array of book types, authors and genres that will tempt them to become lifelong readers;
- daily guided reading where the teacher explicitly explores texts with a group of learners each day where our learners read and respond to the text;
- whole class shared reading as part of English learning which aims to engage learners in to a specific text or genre which is enhanced through text marking/exploration as well as incidental writing and linked writing to the text;
- planned and incidental reading throughout the day such as: topic research, including ipads/internet and books, independent reading, paired reading, buddy reading;
- daily teaching of phonics from Foundation to Year 2 (Read, Write, Inc)
To find out more about the teaching reading at our school please click here to access our reading policy.
Millfield Primary School - Read Write Inc
Since September 2016 we have been using the Read, Write Inc literacy programme to help teach our EYFS and KS1 pupils to read as well as an intervention to support pupils in other year groups who require extra support.
Read Write Inc. Phonics is a complete literacy programme written by Ruth Miskin, for 4 to 7 year-olds learning to read and write and for 7 and 8 year-olds needing to catch up quickly.
It involves interactive phonics lessons, handwriting, grammar and extended writing activities using highly stimulating storybooks, phonics cards, rhymes and actions.
Lessons are well paced, highly structured and follow a consistent approach across all groups. Teachers and Teaching Assistants are trained to a high standard by qualified Read, Write Inc trainers, who continue to provide support to the school in the form of development days during the year. Teachers and Teaching assistants who are delivering the Read, Write Inc. programme will have responsibility for the progress of the children in their group.
Click here to find out more about how we use Read Write Inc at our school.
Millfield Primary School - English - The Millfield Write
'Big Writing' is an innovative approach to the teaching of the skills of writing devised by leading educationalist Ros Wilson. The school has adapted elements of this approach to meet the needs of our pupils.
Every Friday our pupils across KS1 and KS2 complete the 'Millfield Write' where after a period of planning and direct teaching (as well as completing learning in preparation across the week) they are given an opportunity to write for a sustained period. It is designed to motivate children and make them want to write through a very structured approach.
We have found this approach highly effective for pupils across the school and it has a direct impact on raising the writing standard of all pupils.
For further information regarding the Millfield Write please contact our English subject leader Miss K Eastwood.
Millfield Primary School - Cornerstones Curriculum
With the introduction of new National Curriculum in September 2014 we have worked hard to refresh our school approach and provision for pupils.
As part of this work we have implemented the new Cornerstones Curriculum (from September 2015), a nationally recognised approach for delivering outstanding learning opportunities for children.
What is the Cornerstones Curriculum?
The Cornerstones Curriculum is a creative and thematic approach to learning that is mapped to the 2014 Primary National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations.
Our curriculum is delivered through Imaginative Learning Projects (ILPs) which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning. We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts.
Our curriculum provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that requires children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum. Cornerstones also provide a rigorous essential skills framework that outlines the end of year expectations in all subjects. These essential skills are tied to activities and are age related so that staff can track children’s progress and identify their individual learning needs.
Click here to access a curriculum map of the ILP's being covered at our school in each year group.
You can also access a Cornerstones curriculum map by clicking on the relevant year group below:
Curriculum and Assessment - Information Evening
Click here to access a presentation for parents regarding changes to the national curriculum, the curriculum at Millfield and how we assess pupil attainment and progress.
New Primary Curriculum - Life Without Levels
As parents will be aware from 1st September 2014 a new national curriculum was introduced for all primary school children and with it new statutory assessment regulations. The National Curriculum Levels we had been using for a number of years have been removed and in place of them are a set of national expectations that each child in each year group is expected to achieve by the end of that school year.
We have worked on developing a new assessment system for our school so that it meets the requirements of the new regulations.
We have adapted the Rising Stars Progression Framework to meet the needs of our school. We use this framework to assess pupils' attainment and to measure their progress.
We use the terms: 'beginning, developing, secure and exceeding’ terminology in relation to year group expectations.
Our aim is for 85% of pupils in all year groups to be at the secure level of attainment.
The Department for Education target for attainment is that 85% of pupils at the end of Key Stage 2 meet the standard to prepare them for secondary school. The new standard is defined as being ‘similar to level 4b’.
Click the image above to visit the DfE website for information about the National Curriculum.
Parents / carers can find out more about the Read Write Inc programme that we use in school. as well as ways to support their child with their reading at home by clicking on the image above.
Click the image above to find out more about the philosphy behind the Cornerstones Curriculum.
Curriculum and Assessment
The new National Curriculum introduced in September 2014 does not have levels of attainment, but instead has ‘expectations’ children are required to meet at each banding. Attainment will be reported as being below, at, or above Age Related Expectations (ARE). Click on the links below to see the expected ARE for pupils in each year group across the school.
Age Related Expectations