Literacy at Jubilee
Our literacy curriculum is designed to inspire a lifelong enjoyment of reading and writing. Our aim is for our children to be able to read, understand, evaluate and write a wide variety of different text types. Our work is rooted in the exploration and enjoyment of high-quality texts which inspire children with their own work.
Reading is a high priority area at Jubilee. We believe that reading is not only a key skill for academic achievement and success in the working world but also one of life’s great pleasures and we aim to foster a lifelong love of reading in our pupils.
Progression in reading
As children learn to read and develop their fluency, they follow a colour banded reading scheme through Pearson Bug Club . Once they are fully fluent, they can select from challenging non-banded texts and e-books in addition to the banded scheme.
We also ensure that children have access to a wide range of high-quality texts through regular access to local libraries. Each class visits the school library once a fortnight, and Brixton Library once each half term, when they are encouraged to take home a fiction and non-fiction text.
We offer regular opportunities for individual reading time with an adult. Children who struggle with decoding and fluency, but would benefit from access to age-appropriate texts, participate in the ‘Rapid Reading’ intervention.
Children from Years 2 to 6 have daily whole-class reading comprehension lessons, focusing on developing the discrete, key reading skills. We teach this through a scheme called ‘Reading Masters’ which allows the children to explore, annotate and evaluate a different text each week. We believe that having access to age-appropriate texts, and the opportunity to discuss these in mixed-ability groups, is fundamental to the children’s progress in reading comprehension. In EYFS and Year 1, these key skills are taught verbally through individual reading and whole-class story time, using the same key vocabulary.
More information about Reading Masters can be found here.
Reading for pleasure
In order for all of our children to develop a love of reading, we provide them with regular opportunities to access a wide range of texts. Our school library has been recently renovated and the children are now able to take ownership of this space through the citizenship role, ‘Junior Librarians’. ‘Reading Buddies’ from Key Stage 2 are also positive role models for younger readers in Key Stage 1, and share stories together in the library.
We offer a range of after school clubs to ensure all of our children are able to access books and read with an adult, including two library clubs and Bug Club club where they can access the online library.
Weekly reading prizes are awarded for the top readers of each key stage - have a look at the display in the entrance hall to see the winners!
Suggested reading lists:
The foundations of reading are laid in a child’s earliest experiences of books and parents play a vital role in supporting the school’s approach by sharing a wide range of books with their child and by setting aside time for listening, discussing and encouraging.
We ask parents to comment/sign their children’s reading record regularly and ensure it is returned to school each morning. We have revised our homework expectations so that reading at home, preferably with an adult 2-3 times a week, is one of only two homework activities set.
We are also offering a Family Reading Breakfast Club, where parents and carers can read with their child in the school library. A member of staff will also be there to offer any guidance you need in order to support your child with their reading at home.
You can find a parents reading guide here, which includes questions that you can ask your children while they read.
Our writing curriculum is centred around the exploration of high-quality texts. Classes share a core text each half term, chosen to be reflective of our diverse and inclusive community, and then use this as a stimulus for their own writing. These books provide fantastic models of how engaging and exciting the world of literature can be and serve as an inspiration for our written work.
Children write in response to a range of activities including drama and role play, group work, debate and real-life scenarios. Through this, they are taught to write poetry, fiction and non-fiction texts for a wide range of purposes and audiences.
Spelling, punctuation and grammar is taught through literacy lessons and some discrete sessions. This document shows the key SPaG objectives for each year group.
We want the children to take pride in their writing and place a strong emphasis on the presentation of their work. We follow the teach-handwriting scheme (which can be found here) to ensure the children systematically develop a neat, cursive handwriting script as they progress through the school.