English

Phonics

Prince of Wales uses a programme called Read Write Inc for the delivery of phonics lessons.  Read Write Inc. Phonics is a whole-school approach to teaching literacy for children aged 4 to 9 that aims to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

Useful phonics websites

www.free-phonics-worksheets.com – Free phonics worksheets.
www.firstschoolyears.com – A good selection of resources including worksheets and interactive games.
www.primaryresources.com – Under word level section of literacy, a good selection of worksheets.
www.kidzone.ws/phonics – America site, simple worksheets mostly CVC and initial sounds.
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/wordsandpictures/phonics/ – Mix of very good interactive games and worksheets covering most phonics phases.
www.ictgames.com/literacy.html – Great selection of games that will ink well with games in Letters and Sounds.
www.phonicsplay.co.uk  – A selection of interactive games for all phonic phases. Mostly simple games.
www.focusonphonics.co.uk – Phonics resource to help children with reading.

Reading

The school uses a variety of reading scheme books to suit different needs. These include PM books, Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby books. We also have a range of fiction and non-fiction books of different genres to encourage reading for pleasure.

The teaching of reading focuses on developing children’s competence in word reading and comprehension (both listening and reading)

Skilled word reading involves working out the pronunciation of unfamiliar words (decoding) and speedy recognition of familiar words.  Underpinning both is the understanding that the letters on the page represent the words in spoken words.  That is why phonic teaching is emphasised in the early stages reading.

Good comprehension draws from linguistic knowledge (especially of vocabulary and grammar) and on knowledge of the world. Comprehension skills develop through children’s experience of high quality discussion with the teacher. Comprehension skills also develop through the children reading and discussing a wide range of stories, poems and non-fiction.

The Teaching of Reading

The implementation of a new whole class teaching approach in daily guided reading has enabled each child to have teacher guidance on the development of their comprehension skills. Class teachers teach reading though the practice and modelling of key skills in the reading content domains, with greater emphasis placed on vocabulary, retrieval and inference. Opportunities for greater depth in reading are provided as children deepen their understanding of the quality texts and comprehension skills. Our school model incorporates a visual at the start of the week in order to aid EAL learners.

Accelerated Reading

Accelerated Reading Workshop

Children from year 2 upwards choose books from their classroom to read at home at school and most of the books are part of the accelerated reading scheme.  This means that children take a Star Reading Test and are allocated a wide range of books that are suitable for them.  Once they have completed the book they are encouraged to take a quiz which tests their comprehension.  These scores are recorded and help the child and teacher to monitor their progress.  The children gradually extend their range of reading as they progress.  It is motivating for the children and encourages them to read for meaning and enjoyment.

Libraries

All of the children have access to two well stocked libraries and take a book out each week.  The library includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, dual language books and non-reference material such as newspapers and journals.

There are also planned visits to the two local libraries in Ordnance Road and at the Enfield Island Village.

All of the children are encouraged to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge held every summer .

Intervention Groups in reading

Some children, during their time at our school, benefit form intervention programmes. We are a Reading Recovery School and this intensive programme is a very successful intervention at our school.  In addition we have support for EAL children with specially trained EMA staff. There are also inference groups which focus on the comprehension skills.

Power of Reading

The school successfully continues to use The Power of Reading Project to engage children in the English curriculum through using high quality books in depth.

2020- 2021 These books are read within the English lessons, to provide meaningful contexts and purposes for writing.

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 1 The Invisible String

Owl Babies

Elmer

Gruffalo

Handa’s Surprise

Fairy Tales

Man In the Moon

Aliens Wear Underpants

Beegu

Toys In space

Peepo

Mr Underbed

Walter’s Windy Washing Line

The Jolly Postman

Year 2 The Colour Monster

Fire of London

The Lonely Beast

I Want My Hat Back

 

Wild

Where the Wild Things Are

The Dark

Storm Whale

Where The Forest Meets The Sea

Look Up

Gregory Cool

The Secret Sky Garden.

The Day The Crayons

Quit

 

Year 3 The lion Inside

Ug

The Lost Happy Endings

Into The Forest

Tunnel

 

Egyptian Cinderella

Moon Man

Fly Eagle Fly

The Window

The Village that Vanished

LOB

A Nest Full of Stars

 

Year 4 Leon And the Place Between

Willow Tree Pattern

The King Who Banned the Dark

The Fox and the Star

Walter Tull and other Stories

Fox
Ice Palace

One Plastic Bag

Jemmy Button

Hot Like Fire

 

Year 5 East of the Sun and  West of the Moon

Odysseus

Rose Blanche

 

The Great Kapok Tree

The Vanishing Rainforest

The Highway Man

Beware of Dragons

 

The Ice Bear

Under The Moon and  Over The Sea

 

Year 6 Way Home

Treason

 

The Ice Trap

The Journey

Macbeth

 

The Lady of Shallot

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

 

Writing across the school during home learning 

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Vocabulary Day 2021

Vocabulary Day Across The School

 

World Book Day 2021

Although we were are home  this year, we still managed to celebrate World Book Day in many different ways. We shared books on live links, wrote book recommendations, created story maps, made story boxes and some of us dressed up as our favourite book characters.

World Books Day 2021

 

World Book Day 2020

Prince of Wales school celebrated World Book Day 2020 by exploring vocabulary and then taking part in Vocabulary Parades.

The children had a fantastic time. They were all involved in representing their word through costumes and actions.

Children also had a chance to share their favourite stories with other classes.

Have a look at our spectacular day

Extra curricular events

Parent Reading Cafes are held on a regular basis.  Children and parents enjoy reading books together, asking  and answering  questions about stories.  Strategies are shared that help and encourage home reading.​

​Each café usually  incorporates a creative,  fun activity which  links in with the story.

The children also enjoy the termly Book Swaps.

Reading widely and often increases children’s vocabulary and feeds their imagination whilst also opening up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.

Our aim at school is to ensure all children are able to read fluently and with confidence so that they are prepared well for their next stage of education.

Speaking

IMG_2050Spoken Language at Prince of Wales School

There is a planned and progressive programme in place to develop children’s  language development across the whole curriculum-cognitively, socially and linguistically.  Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing.  The quality and range of language that children hear and speak is vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar and their understanding for reading and writing.  All staff in the school continually model Standard English.  The model of the mode continuum is used to support children in using the correct register of speech depending on the context in which language will be used.

Children should be able to retell stories from the time they begin school. They should develop an ability to explain their understanding of books and other reading and prepare their ideas, with the support of the teacher, before they write.  They need support in making their thinking clear to themselves as well as to others.  They should also be taught the conventions for discussion and debate.

Drama opportunities are planned every term and provide a range of opportunities for the children to adopt, create and sustain a range of roles e.g. through hot seating, role play, conscience alley.

For children whose first language is not English, these children are supported in their acquisition of English using the step levels.  They are also be encouraged to maintain and develop their home language alongside English so that the process of conceptual development can continue

Writing writing

Writing focuses on transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).

Children learn how to plan, draft, re-draft and edit their writing to publish a final version.

Writing down ideas fluently requires effective transcription. The children need to know the relationship between sounds and letters(phonics), understanding the morphology (word structure) and orthography (spelling structure)of words.

Effective composition involves forming, articulating and communicating ideas, and the organising them coherently for the reader. This requires clarity, awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. Writing also depends on fluent and legible handwriting.

Handwriting

The Nelson style of handwriting is taught.

Initially the children begin to form letters individually and understand which letters belong to which handwriting families. During year 2 they will start to add strokes needed to join letters and by the end of year 4 all children will be expected to join their handwriting. Once they have shown that they can produce good handwriting they will be awarded with a pen licence.

Nelson style handwriting practice document

Vocabulary

Our school recognises the importance of children learning and using new vocabulary , all our lessons allow opportunities for this.

The links below offer practical vocabulary activities to try at home . Scroll to the section titled Conversations and vocabulary games to try at home.

EYFS

KS1

KS2