English

By the end of Y6 it is expected that our children will be secondary ready. They will be fluent and expressive readers with an understanding of the content and authorial intent. Alongside this they will have developed a love of reading.

Children will write as readers with the ability to differentiate between different genres/audiences. Children will develop a desire to write through the use of visual stimuli which will in turn develop their writing stamina. Children will develop a rich vocabulary whether through a love of reading or whole class reading. Children will develop word consciousness. They will develop an explicit awareness that words are richly connected, exist in families and exhibit common patterns. Children will connect spelling to the meaning of words.
Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing of the English language by developing learners' phonemic awareness — the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate phonemes — in order to teach the correspondence between these sounds and the spelling patterns (graphemes) that represent them.

Letters and Sounds, our chosen resource, provides children in our school with a structured and systematic approach to teaching phonics. At The Richmond School phonics is taught as a whole class so that all learners are exposed to all of the sounds. Any children that require further support will also receive daily intervention as part of a small group.

Book Chat

Book Chat is the informal interaction that accompanies quality reading to and with children, developing children’s language and comprehension and nurturing a love of reading. The films model this relaxed interaction through the use of open questions, comments and prompts to initiate Book Chat and enable parents and children to share the pleasure of reading together. This is even more important whilst families cope with a post-pandemic world. Please have a look at the appropriate video, below, for your child's age.