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At Whitefield Infant School and Nursery we aim to develop the abilities of all children to communicate effectively in language and in writing; to listen with understanding and to become enthusiastic and responsive readers so that they can cope with the language demands in adult life.

 

We follow the principles set out in the National Curriculum. Language and Literacy skills are taught on a daily basis in Reception and Key Stage 1. These skills are then applied in cross curricular learning opportunities. Language and Literacy specific teaching and learning takes place within a whole class setting (shared/modelled reading and writing) and within ability-led guided reading and writing groups. Within guided groups, good practice is shared and modelled and the children also work independently or with a partner on set tasks. Teachers use a variety of interactive teaching methods to deliver the curriculum and achieve set learning objectives. These learning objectives are then assessed with this assessment feeding into planning for the next Literacy session.

 

The Nursery and Reception classes have an exciting and relevant role-play area and a well-resourced writing area. These allow adults to model extended vocabulary and encourages writing through purposeful, meaningful contexts.

In the Foundation Stage, emphasis is on teaching Literacy through role play, stories, storytelling, big books, guided reading and home reading.

 

In Key Stage 1 units of work are planned using the National Curriculum statutory guidance, which are linked in context to the current topic. These units cover the phases of the ‘Writing Sequence’. All the units are based on carefully chosen high quality books with supporting texts for each topic. Each Literacy Plan (lasting between 1-3 weeks) covers outcomes for Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. Each plan has a writing outcome with a particular purpose and audience in mind. Over the year each year group will cover a balance of narrative, non-fiction and poetry text types. A clear set of end of year expectations are followed by each year group and incorporated into planning and assessment.

Click on the year group links below to see the year group expectations in Literacy:
Click on an area of English below, to find links to support your child:
At Whitefield we love to perform poetry and tell stories. Click the links below to see who has been performing this week!

We Are Reading Project

 

Our Year 2 children have been involved in a project with the Year 5 children from Lomeshaye Junior School. Here are some of the letters the children wrote to one another.

Letters from Year 5 children

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Replies from our Year 2 children to Year 5

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We Are Reading Project

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Not only did we enjoy learning to read together, the project also helped our Year 2 children with their transition to the junior school. Watch the video below to find out more!

Congratulations to Zahra and Isaac for taking part in the SWAT Spelling Bee Final. We are so proud of the effort and determination you showed. Well done!

Congratulations to Zahra and Isaac for taking part in the SWAT Spelling Bee Final. We are so proud of the effort and determination you showed. Well done! 1
Congratulations to Zahra and Isaac for taking part in the SWAT Spelling Bee Final. We are so proud of the effort and determination you showed. Well done! 2
Congratulations to Zahra and Isaac for taking part in the SWAT Spelling Bee Final. We are so proud of the effort and determination you showed. Well done! 3

We enjoy reading for pleasure at Whitefield. We love our reading shed to enjoy stories at playtimes

Year 2 have been lucky this week to have a Year 6 pupil in school to help with our learning. Tia shared a lovely story with the children during story time.

Year 2 have been lucky this week to have a Year 6 pupil in school to help with our learning. Tia shared a lovely story with the children during story time.  1

Year 2 Fire of London Poetry

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World Book Day 2018

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Each child designed a headband to represent their favourite book or character. Below are just a selection of the fantastic headbands children and their families created. Thank you to all the children and families who took part in World Book Day.

Share a Story for World Book Day

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School council wrote a letter to each class to set them a challenge to share a story each day leading up to World Book Day and find the most interesting place around school to share a story!

Class 4's Creative Story-telling

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Class 7 told stories in the snow!

Class 7 told stories in the snow! 1

Class 1 had a cosy story time in the cloakroom!

Class 1 had a cosy story time in the cloakroom! 1

Class 8 shared stories in the library

Nursery shared the story of 'We're going on a bear hunt'

Congratulations to our writers of the month

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Examples of next step marking

Next step marking is used in English to move children on in their learning and encourage children to proofread, edit and improve their writing. Children are given the opportunity to respond to next steps in their learning. 

Progression in writing across the school

Progression in writing across the school 1 Nursery
Progression in writing across the school 2 Reception
Progression in writing across the school 3 Year 1
Progression in writing across the school 4 Year 2

Children are given daily opportunities to read for pleasure.

Children are given daily opportunities to read for pleasure. 1 Character hats
Children are given daily opportunities to read for pleasure. 2 Mystery objects
Children are given daily opportunities to read for pleasure. 3 Reading buddies
Children are given daily opportunities to read for pleasure. 4 Small world and story telling
Children are given daily opportunities to read for pleasure. 5 The story teller's chair
Children are given daily opportunities to read for pleasure. 6 Class reading areas

At Whitefield Infant School we are all story tellers! Can you guess which stories we are learning by looking at our doorways to learning?

At Whitefield Infant School we are all story tellers! Can you guess which stories we are learning by looking at our doorways to learning? 1
At Whitefield Infant School we are all story tellers! Can you guess which stories we are learning by looking at our doorways to learning? 2
At Whitefield Infant School we are all story tellers! Can you guess which stories we are learning by looking at our doorways to learning? 3
At Whitefield Infant School we are all story tellers! Can you guess which stories we are learning by looking at our doorways to learning? 4
At Whitefield Infant School we are all story tellers! Can you guess which stories we are learning by looking at our doorways to learning? 5
At Whitefield Infant School we are all story tellers! Can you guess which stories we are learning by looking at our doorways to learning? 6

Story telling in Nursery

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Children in Nursery used a story map and props to learn and re-tell the story of 'Owl Babies'.

The Nursery classroom provides many opportunities for children to tell stories.

The Nursery classroom provides many opportunities for children to tell stories. 1
The Nursery classroom provides many opportunities for children to tell stories. 2
The Nursery classroom provides many opportunities for children to tell stories. 3
The Nursery classroom provides many opportunities for children to tell stories. 4

Children in Nursery use mark making to record their stories.

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Children in Nursery use mark making to record their stories. 4

Story telling in Reception

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In reception children use fabric, props and puppets to support their story telling. Aminah in Class 1 loves using her imagination to tell stories with her friends.
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Shared writing in Reception

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Opportunities to write with independence

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Story telling in Year 1

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Children in Year 1 use small world and story language to re-tell stories with their friends in the reading area.
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Children have been reading and analysing the story of Little Red Riding Hood. They have learnt more about the characters in the story and collected vocabulary to help them write their own descriptions and stories.
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Teacher's demonstrate the expectations of writing in Year 1. Through shared writing they model how to spell using phonic knowledge, how to make writing interesting and extend sentences and how to use the correct punctuation.
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Story telling in Year 2

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Story telling stones are used to allow children to create their own stories and use their imagination.

Story telling stones are used to allow children to create their own stories and use their imagination. 1

Teacher demonstration of writing in Year 2

English learning walls are used throughout school to develop children's skills and support their writing.

Congratulations Amin and Alisbah- the first Year 2 children this year to receive their pen liscence!

Congratulations Amin and Alisbah- the first Year 2 children this year to receive their pen liscence!  1

Year 2 visited Nelson Library to watch a performance of 'The Boy who Steals Christmas'. We learnt all about the Lancashire Reading Trail and received information about how to become members of Nelson Library.

Please ask your child's class teacher if you would like some more information about joining the Lancashire Reading Trail.

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Year 1 worked with a drama specialist to create 'A Play in a Day' all about a superhero's adventure! It was incredible what the children achieved in just one day and the parents and year 2 children thoroughly enjoyed watching their performance.
Year 2 children worked with the explorer, Creeping Toad to create characters, settings and story maps to support writing their own adventure stories. The children worked in small groups to share their creative ideas and created a bank of interesting language to support story writing. 

Collaborative, creative learning to build a story map

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Collaborative, creative learning to build a story map 4
Collaborative, creative learning to build a story map 5
Collaborative, creative learning to build a story map 6
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At Whitefield the reading area is a focus in every classroom to create an enjoyment and love of reading. Wouldn't you love to tell stories in one of these reading areas? 
Picture 1 Tell a story on the sofa in Class 6
Picture 2 Visit Class 4's reading garden
Picture 3 Choose yourself a reading buddy in Class 8
Each class has an author study area where children can become familiar with a certain author and their stories. This month Class 5 are studying Julia Donaldson.
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Writing is displayed in our classrooms on our washing lines to show our 'live learning'. 

Reception have been learning the story of 'The Shark in the Park'

Reception have been learning the story of 'The Shark in the Park' 1
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Reception have been learning the story of 'The Shark in the Park' 3
Reception have been learning the story of 'The Shark in the Park' 4
Reception have been learning the story of 'The Shark in the Park' 5
Reception have been learning the story of 'The Shark in the Park' 6

Live learning in Year 1 linked to their key text 'Lost and Found'

EYFS provide children with lots of reading, writing and role play opportunities in the classroom.
In EYFS the writing area is at the centre of every classroom.
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Progression in handwriting across the school

Progression in handwriting across the school 1 Nursery
Progression in handwriting across the school 2 Reception
Progression in handwriting across the school 3 Year 1
Progression in handwriting across the school 4 Year 2
Congratulations to our colleague and friend of Whitefield, Dawn Robertson who recently got confirmation that her first children's book will be published. The children of Whitefield had a lot of input into characters in the book in the early stages and we were lucky enough to interview Dawn when she visited school this term. We can't wait to see the final copy on the shelves in our school library.
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Year 2 learnt that literacy was a lot different in Victorian times

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Year 2 learnt that literacy was a lot different in Victorian times 4

Play in a Day

 

Year 2 created a 'play in a day' around their topic of The Great Fire of London. The children did amazingly well to create a performance in one day and learnt lots of facts and information about our topic. Thank you to all the families who came to watch their performance.

World Book Day 2017!

 

This year we celebrated World Book Day by decorating a head dress for our favourite story book character. We had a lovely day in school celebrating our love of reading.

All the children love going to our school library

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