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Poetry Corner

At Brill, we champion creative writing and welcome children to create their own poetry. Here are a selection of our children's amazing poems to enjoy, as well as a brilliant offering from Mrs Ellis! Enjoy more on the Literacy blog below. If you would like to share a poem that you have written, email m.ellis@brillschool.org.uk.

The Sea by Bella

My Mum’s Veggie Chilli by Tijmen

Soldiers of Kwai by Damien

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Mary Anning diary writing

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Theo in Year 3 produced an amazing diary all about Mary Anning's amazing discoveries! We're very proud of you Theo - what a fantastic writer you are!

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Innovative Ideas

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Rose in Year 6 produced a very original adventure story this week which Mrs White gave a Headteacher's Award to today! Well done Rose!

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Amazing story opening!

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We were blown away by Lucas' setting description today in the opening part of his 3 part story. It really draws the reader in with the use of powerful imagery and thought-provoking language. Incredible!

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Tijmen's tremendous poem!

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Tijmen has been busy creating poetry this week - have a read of his amazing work below!

Don't worry - it isn't autobiographical!

My mum’s veggie chilli

Walking back from school, had a rubbish day,

had a rainy morning, afternoon went the wrong way,

bullies tease me constantly,

teachers treat me monstrously,

can't get any worse for me,

a happiness delay.

On the school run I decided to walk,

saw my best friend and we started to talk.

just then the bully came around,

gave us both a mighty pound,

threw me and him to the ground,

our faces white as chalk.

Got to school late and was covered in dirt,

made my black shorts brown and coated my shirt.

I was brown as a ship's mast,

had to get me washed up fast,

they cleaned me up at long last,

but I missed dessert.

When I got back teacher gave me detention,

my class treated me like I am from another dimension.

I looked like a right old fool,

everyone was really cruel,

had to stay in after school,

like a useless invention.

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Mrs Baker reads Chapter 2 from 'A Bear Called Paddington'

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Our Aims

Our aim is to develop all pupils’ love, intellectual curiosity and confidence in the written and spoken word. With these skills, our pupils will leave Brill fascinated and engaged in all areas of the Literacy curriculum. Additionally, they will be equipped with the proficiency to transfer these skills into all subjects and areas of their lives.

 

How do we create confident readers and writers?

Creating an environment that nurtures and encourages a love of books, is an essential starting point in a child’s reading and writing journey. From our pupils’ first day at Brill, they are immersed in an atmosphere of story-telling which supports their development as early readers and writers. As our pupils continue their time at Brill, they will experience Literacy lessons centred around a carefully chosen text that supports and deepens their literary skills. Class books are chosen to engage our pupils, broaden their experiences and model a variety of excellent writing styles. To further support our pupils’ development as writers, our units of work follow an ‘Edit and Improve’ cycle which allows students time to reflect upon and evaluate their writing. In Key Stage 1 we use 'Bug Club' as our main reading scheme, which link fluidly with our phonics progression. In Year R 'Jolly Phonics' is utilised as our phonics scheme progressing to 'Letters and Sounds' in Years 1 and 2.

Reading

Here at Brill we love books! We feel reading is such an important part of education; especially reading for pleasure. We encourage a love of books with our beautiful library and our teachers’ enthusiasm. Our committed library team ensure children are selecting a range of books which both motivate and challenge them.

‘Bug Club’, a finely-levelled reading scheme is used to ensure children access books at exactly the right level for them. This scheme supports our teaching of phonics and provides the systematic and progressive approach that is needed to secure strong foundations for lifelong reading. A variety of book genres are available to appeal to all readers, as well as our hugely popular e-book system which has encouraged even the most reluctant of readers to engage with their reading.

During lessons we have a range of different approaches; our new ‘Bug Club’ is used with the lower key stages and has been very popular with the children and consistently supports our phonics provision. Guided reading is taught weekly through the school- where a text is explored more deeply, and inference and deduction skills are used to fully comprehend. We also encourage book talks from the children who are often very eager to share their passion!

Class books are picked very carefully to match our topics and again offer a rich and deeper understanding of our learning in class. This book encompasses the whole topic and offers a range of fiction and non-fiction.

We have a range of visitors who encourage reading even further, a few of our recent events have included; Reading for Rugby, Dads and Lads and Leysa Henderson (an author who wrote Lost Lives). We also have regular members of the community come in to challenge our more able and support those who reading does not come naturally to.

Phonics

Children in Year R take part in daily Phonics sessions using the ‘Jolly Phonics’ scheme, which provides a thorough foundation for reading and writing. It uses the ‘synthetic phonics’ method of teaching letter sounds in a way that is fun and multi-sensory. Children learn to match the written letter to an individual sound using actions and songs to help embed them within their memory. This allows them to ‘decode’ words by blending individual sounds together for reading and segmenting the individual sounds in words for writing. The children practise these blending and segmenting skills within their phonics lessons and within purposeful and playful opportunities throughout their school day. Children are also taught to sight read common exception words otherwise known as 'tricky’ words.

Children in KS1 further develop their phonic knowledge and reading and writing skills using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ national strategy. Children are taught alternate ways of writing or saying the different letter combinations and strengthen their ability to sight read tricky words. In this phase Children develop into independent, fluent readers and increasingly accurate spellers.

‘Bug Club’, a finely-levelled reading scheme is used to ensure children access books at exactly the right level for them. This scheme supports our teaching of phonics and provides the systematic and progressive approach that is needed to secure strong foundations for lifelong reading. A variety of book genres are available to appeal to all readers, as well as our hugely popular e-book system which has encouraged even the most reluctant of readers to engage with their reading.

Spellings

At school, your child will be using their phonics knowledge to become a confident speller. All year groups have daily Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar sessions during which new words, grouped together by common spelling patterns, are investigated and practised. We use HeadStart resources to ensure activities are meaningful as well as fun! We make sure children have plenty of time to practise and apply their new vocabulary knowledge in their English lessons. We also encourage dictionary and thesaurus use as well as other independent strategies to ensure children feel confident to take responsibility for expanding their own vocabulary. 

We understand that weekly home spelling lists and tests is not always a model of learning that suits all children, nor does it always produce confident, successful spellers and writers in the long run. We use regular formative assessment strategies to closely monitor your child's progress, and adapt our teaching strategies accordingly. Our overall aim is to expand a child’s vocabulary and children learn to spell by actively exploring, reading and writing new words each week. The proof is ultimately in the children's writing, which we love to see full of ambitious language which children are excited to use!

Mrs Oliver

Literacy Coordinator

r.oliver@brillschool.org.uk

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