Reading at Mesty Croft Academy
Here at Mesty Croft we LOVE to read! Like Dr. Seuss, we believe: “The more you READ, the more THINGS you know. The more that you LEARN, the more PLACES you’ll go.”
From Nursery through to Year 6, our children are challenged to read a broad range of texts (this includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry). We encourage a ‘love of reading’ ethos, through reading events such as: Readathon, The Ultimate Reading Challenge and The Book Swap Shop. All adults in school promote reading throughout the year – especially on ‘Read and Ring days’ – and we ensure that a range of texts are available for our children.
During Guided Reading sessions, children work with their teachers to look at different texts: analysing their features, making predictions, comparing and contrasting stories and exploring authors’ styles. For the more able readers, we have Gifted and Talented (G&T) workshops and a ‘Classic Fiction’ shelf so that children are never held back. For our children who find reading more difficult, we support and nurture their skills through specialised reading schemes delivered by skilled staff.
At home, we encourage our children to move through their year group’s allocated book bands, taking advantage of the new books we have to offer. We know the importance of reading and ask parents to promote the love of reading at home as well as in school. We believe this is the key for our children’s future.
Remember, “The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page.”
Reading Scheme - Oxford Reading Tree.
Phonics Scheme - Letters and Sounds
Writing at Mesty Croft Academy
“The secret of becoming a writer is to write, write and keep on writing” Ken Macleod.
We at Mesty Croft want to inspire our children to become fluent and imaginative writers. To achieve this, we start the foundations of writing with our Nursery children. As the children progress through the school, they continue to build on these foundations through a range of exciting and interactive lessons.
We encourage fantastic writing through ALL subjects and have high expectations of what our children can achieve. From exploring an author’s style to modelling good practice, creating shared texts and developing independent writing, we believe we give the children the tools they need to become confident and inspired writers.
Our creative curriculum allows our children to develop their key skills in a range of sessions such as: weekly ‘Talk Writes’, topic-based ‘Big Writes’, daily grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) sessions, regular handwriting practice and extra-curricular activities (E.g. Newspaper Club).
By the time our children leave Mesty Croft, we aim for them to be able to write texts of all genres using a wide range of punctuation, vocabulary, connectives and sentence structures. We also encourage our children to write well-structured, cohesive texts that engage and involve the reader. As our children progress further, we like to nurture and support them in their writing by emboldening them to develop their own individual ‘voice’ and style.
We want our children to aspire to be the next generation of novelists, playwrights and journalists!