Learning to read so we can read to learn and gain pleasure is at the heart of all areas of the curriculum. Early reading is therefore our first, foremost and central priority in school so all children are readers. Books are enjoyed and used across all curriculum areas as highly valued hooks, tools and a way of escaping in to other worlds, times, places and situations.
We are determined that all children will learn to read, regardless of any barriers to and levels of learning. We place a strong focus on reading and believe that all children need to learn how to read by the end of KS1- marrying both strong phonic knowledge and fluency for comprehension. Our teaching of phonics across school is fundamental to the progress of all children, regardless of their starting points. We believe that it is important that all children become fluent readers and as a result, reading is always our first, foremost and central ongoing priority. Because of this, children will have the skills and knowledge to access the wider curriculum. A crucial part of this is to inspire a love of reading. A range of texts and genres are shared and used daily as part of functional reading lessons but also as part of timetabled ‘story time’ across school- this is integral to our approach to whole school reading. We foster a love of reading across the curriculum as it is our upmost priority. Our teachers read to children every day, sometimes to challenge and often purely for pleasure. Reading aloud and storytelling are skills we develop and value highly amongst our body of staff.
At Sandal Castle Primary School, the quality, breadth and depth of our curriculum ensures that children are open minded, respectful, resilient, tolerant and have empathy when in school and in the wider community. Our school’s vision and its associated values develop aspiration in all children, giving them resilience to cope well when things are difficult and the perseverance to overcome barriers to their own learning and to make positive choices. As a school, we make sure all children have curriculum opportunities to look beyond themselves, ask ‘big questions’ and think globally about life and develop an understanding of disadvantage, deprivation and the exploitation of the natural and human world. This provides opportunities for all children to engage in social action and to understand how they can challenge injustice both now and in the future. Our children are advocates and leaders for positive change. Their behaviour and attitudes to courageous advocacy and social action are recognised both within school and within the community.
Roald Dahl Day 2020
Every September we celebrate our favourite Roald Dahl characters, stories and moments together with fans the world over. This year’s global celebration of Roald Dahl stories will be marked on the 13th September as Roald Dahl Story Day! This year we chose to celebrate Roald Dahl during the entire wc 14th September.
We read extracts from Charlie and the Chocolate factory. The children created their own sweets and lolly-pops using collage materials. We watched the chocolate room scene from 'Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory' and the children had a cup of hot chocolate.
Today it was Roald Dahl Day! Our book for the day was George’s Marvellous Medicine. To start, we read Chapter 3, George begins to make the medicine. In this chapter we see everything that George plans to put in his medicine, so we did the same! We created medicine bottles and designed them with lots of different things we could put in our medicine- just like George! Then we read Chapter 6, Brown paint. After we read this we made our medicine! We put in oil and water, and then added a variety of things depending on what we wanted our medicine to do, such as flowers, sand, glitter or pom-poms!