The entry fee will help to enable us to keep purchasing new books for the children which will help keep the love of reading alive!
Something I will be introducing to all classes is a Request Box. This is where children can write down requests for books they would like to see in their Book Corners in class and/or in the library. After Easter, each class will have a box and some pieces of paper next to it so that if the children can think of something they would really like, they can write it down and pop it in the box. Then, when we are able to, we can buy books that the children have asked for!
Writing Top Tens
Each class has a list of Top Ten Tips to help when the children are writing. These are on this page and are also available on each class page. They are useful because they are broken down and written in a way that the children can access independently or with the help of an adult.
If the children use these as a checklist when writing, it is clear to see where the children are achieving what is expected of them for their age group but also to see where some improvements need to be made.
Please, feel free to download, print or save these and use them where necessary. It can also be useful to have a look at the previous year’s objectives so that you can work on any gaps as well as working in the current year group objectives.
We are currently in the process of writing our Northside Curriculum and we are very excited about launching it and using it to plan and teach lessons. We have worked hard to ensure that objectives are progressive and that your Northside Values and Terrific Texts are at the core of our teaching and learning.
Northside Book Day
This year, we have decided to hold our Book Day later than World Book Day. As we won’t be in school together for the actual date, we thought it would be better to delay it until we are all in.
We have the current English Policy on this curriculum page but it will be reviewed in line with the new Northside Curriculum and we will let you know when it is ready for you to have a look at.
‘Closing the Reading Gap’-Staff Book Club Book
As a staff, we are forever learners and as part of that we read books to continually develop our understanding and practise. Recently, we have all read a book called ‘Closing the Reading Gap’ by Alex Quigley which has given us lots of ideas and things to implement in our classrooms. These are in our English Action Plan and will be seen in class over the next few months.
Vocabulary is still a big focus for us and we are working hard to increase and develop the use of tier 2 and 3 vocabulary in our school. All classrooms have Word Walls and Knowledge Organiser displays where children can see and use the new words they come across and we have lessons about vocabulary in all subjects across the curriculum.