We are proud of the literacy achievements of the children at Bonner. We invest heavily in resources, training and staffing to ensure children have access to the best learning experience possible. Children are taught in groups according to need, with many groups being very small and focussed. We believe in “quality first teaching” – that every lesson delivered should be either good or outstanding, with no exceptions. In addition, we employ a wide range of interventions, catch-ups and pre-teaching lessons throughout the school, many one-to-one or very small group, targetting those who most need it. We search for the best, most practical and successful teaching ideas and are constantly looking to improve what we do.
We also have a calendar of events to promote literacy and to inspire enthusiasm and excitement in our school.
Read, Write Inc
We use Read, Write Inc as our reading programme in Reception and Year 1 and Year 2. We are also using it as a ‘catch-up’ programme for some children in Years 3-6 if they have not previously used it. We also use a phonics programme known as Rapid Phonics for Key Stage 2 children which fits well with Read Write Inc.
The RWI programme is a ‘synthetic phonics’ programme which teaches children how to segment words into sounds and how to blend sounds into words. The children learn all the sounds in the Engish language and their alternative spellings. The programme is very brisk and lively and the children learn quickly and effectively.
If you would like more information about this, please contact the school or visit the Read Write Inc website.
All classes at Bonner use the Ros Wilson VCOP aid to writing. Displays in each classroom remind children of the meaning and levels of VCOP. Children are encouraged to collect vocabulary and connectives and to judge their own writing using different coloured highlighters. This method helps to make sense of the mechanics of writing, leaving children free to be creative.
V = Vocabulary
C = Conjunctions
O = Openings
P = Punctuation
We also use consistent writing frames for non fiction genres from Year 2 to Year 6. We developed our own based on the Alan Peat model and have found them to be extremely useful. Children are introduced to the structure of a type of writing using mnemonics and simple tips.
Bug Club is a guided reading and home reading scheme. We use Bug Club throughout the school. Children have access to hard copies of books in school and at home, as well as home access to the online reading scheme. Bug Club books are very popular with children – they are fun, accessible and written by well known authors. Click here for more information about Bug Club. Contact your child’s teacher for your child’s unique log in details.
Visit the Bug Club gateway here.
Bonner children are taught to pay attention to the clues as they read. We use a technique known as Inference Training to help children to comprehend what they are reading.
We have a list of 100 children’s books that everyone should read in their lifetime. These books are labelled in the library and there are posters and leaflets for each child to be able to tick off books as they read them.
You can download the PDF poster here: