Reading and Writing KS2 INFORMATION FOR PARENTS READING IN KS2 Whole Class Reading Sessions During whole-class reading sessions, children focus on a
particular piece of text. This maybe an extract, a full story, non-fiction or poetry. Each session focuses on teaching a specific reading skill. We use Cracking Comprehension to practise our comprehension skills. There will be a class texts that we read together for enjoyment throughout the year. Guided Reading
In Guided reading, your child will read within a small group. Within guided reading sessions the children are actively taught reading skills to move them onto the next level. They are questioned about the text in a variety of ways; inferential questions, retrieval questions, vocabulary questions and explanation questions. Inferential Questions
How did .? How did Lyddie know the others had reached safety? What words tell us.....? What words tell us the writer of this letter is a child? Why did ? Why did Lyddie have her back to the family? What does the word...... imply about.....? What does the word 'plush' imply about the owner of the house?
Inferential Questions What ideas are we given about...? What ideas are we given about fox hunting in this article? What does think? What does the author think about the Roman army? How did .. react? How did Charles react to the danger? How was different after.? How was the atmosphere in the home different before and after this moment?
Why is .. important? Why is the ladder important in the story? Retrieval Questions What does......... mean? What does 'smartly' mean? Can.... have more than one meaning? Can 'light' have more than one meaning? What happened at .. ?
What happened at the beginning? What did the .. do? What did the bear do? Which word told you that ? Which word told you that this is not the first comic strip about Souperkid? Vocabulary Questions Find and copy a word that means the same as
What does the word tell you about What does the word mean? What do good readers do? We attempt to ask ourselves questions about the text. We try to make links with other stories we have read.
We try to predict what may happen next. We try to summarise what we have just read. What you can do to help Please read with your child as often as possible Please comment and sign their reading record and return these to school daily-We have different incentives in each class for those who are reading at home Please use the questions as examples of the things you could be asking your
child after they have read Try to make the reading as enjoyable as possible dont just use the school reading book read from everywhere; comics, magazines, newspaper, the internet, childrens own choice (they are now independent readers!) Reading at other times We try to instil an enjoyment and pleasure for reading Also, we teach that it is the key to independent learning how else can they research the internet for a topic if they cant quickly
independently read. We have a class library and a school library Encourage reading of any material type; comics, newspapers, magazines, ICT We have a Literacy Spine throughout the school Familiar authors WRITING IN KS2
Writing Genres Story Writing longer stories, mystery and suspense stories Instructional Writing Explanations Report writing Chronological and Non-Chronological Biography and Autobiography Recounts Journalistic Writing and diaries Poems personification and powerful imagery
Letters Formal and informal Writing Process When we write we try to ensure that it has a purpose. We make sure that the writing has a context and that it has an audience. The writing process involve studying the text type (lots of examples) building up a success criteria; what language the text uses, connectives, punctuation, nouns (pronouns and proper nouns), the tense, the structure and organisation The text type is then modelled for the children as a whole text or part
Planning the text what will it look like and what will I include? This success criteria and modelling is then applied to the childs independent writing Spelling and Grammar The children in Year 6 will be sitting a Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test. These are taught as part of the English sessions but also discretely during grammar and spelling.
Children complete Grammar Hammer challenges on a regular basis. Children learn a new spelling pattern each week and receive weekly spellings to learn. What you can do to help Help your child to learn their spellings - Concentrating on the spelling patterns Point out use of punctuation and grammar during their reading time
Ensure children are using correct grammar and punctuation when completing homework. Handwriting In KS2 we focus on correct letter formation and size, starting letters on the line and sitting them on the lines. By this stage, children are expected to join their letters fluently and develop their own neat, cursive style. We use a cursive handwriting style with our children when they start joining:
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