Writing at Mawsley CP School has always been a big focus of ours. Since implementing regular vocabulary sessions, Talk for Writing, and a new handwriting scheme (Kinetic Letters), it is plain to see the improvement and passion the majority of our children have for writing. They are able to produce fantastic pieces of writing using a variety of stimuli. Each year group has their own set of year group objectives (or 'non-negotiables', as the children know them) - these are the features we expect to see in all of their writing in order for them to achieve the expected year group level. Click on the year group below to access their year group objectives.
Please click on the button below to read our SPaG guide with definitions for children and parents.
Reading is so important for our children! It is also vital that they think about what they are reading as they are reading. A good way to help your child with this is to ask them questions. Click the links below to see some great ideas for questioning your child about their reading.
Oxford Owl is a fantastic website, full of FREE e-books and ideas for supporting your child with their reading! Click on the image below to access the website...
Pie Corbett is a man who knows his stuff when it comes to reading and writing. At Mawsley CP School we use a scheme called Talk for Writing which he devised. We have even been lucky enough to welcome Pie into our school to support us further. As part of his recommendations for all schools, he has put together a list of essential books for each year group to read. These books are rich texts with relevant word content for each age group. Click on the relevant year group to view their essential books!
Click on the button below to see a new storytime Video Series Featuring Children’s Book Authors
Good readers are active readers; they are busy ‘doing things’ in their heads. Talk to your child about these reading behaviours and help them to practise them when they are reading. Click on the button below to see 8 Reading Behaviours.
Supporting Reading at Home
We understand that the experience of reading at home can vary greatly from one parent to another, depending on many aspects. Some children are eager to read anything, others prefer to be read to, whilst some children don’t really seem very keen on reading at all.
Whatever your experience of home reading is, one thing is consistent for all children reading REALLY matters. In ALL areas of life and we want all our children at Mawsley to benefit from this.
Please find below various tips and ideas for reading at home:
'Chatterbooks' are books that are great for chatting about! Recommended by the Reading Agency, here is a list of good picture books / books with illustrations that are lovely to chat about with your child.
Our Vocabulary Intent at Mawsley School is:
For our children to be effective communicators:
For our children to articulate themselves well in speech
For our children to understand the meaning of reading
For our children to convey an effect to the reader through well chosen words in writing
There are many ways that you can support your child's developing vocabulary at home that can be found on these links:
Please find below some websites to help with spellings:
Free downloadable spelling games for KS1 and 2:
Spelling Frame - to learn and test sounds from each year group:
Understanding the 'ough' sound:
Games and strategies to help with spelling:
Spelling strategies from a poor speller:
Please find the common exception words for each year group below. Simply click on the link to view!
Common exception words are those words that don't fit the rules the children look at in each year group. The children get taught spelling rules each week in their spelling sessions.