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Welcome to our Literacy group page

We ask the children to think about four different parts of writing before they begin to write.

You might have heard them talk about VCOP - these letters hopefully remind them of the four parts.

V stands for Vocabulary or WOW words. These are words that children can include in their writing that help describe and create a picture for the reader. They hopefully make the reader go "WOW!"

C stands for connectives. These are words like because, and, but, so that children can use to make their sentences longer and more interesting.

O stands for openers. We try and encourage children to try different ways to open their sentences - sometimes children only use one or two different ways (I is a very popular one we try and get them to change).

P stands for punctuation. Starting with making sure they have capital letters and full stops in the right place and moving to a higher level of using punctuation correctly - like exclamation marks and brackets.

 

Our Literacy work

 Reading - the Accelerated Reader (AR) Programme

We are delighted to have been able to introduce the Accelerated Reader programme to Ludlow Junior School to develop our children's reading.

Your child will have one AR book and an additional book - both chosen by them.

What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?

AR is a computer program that helps teachers  manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his/her own level and reads it at his/her own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.  Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.

 

Children are expected to read daily and at least three times a week to an adult.  They have been given a new log book to record reading.  Merits and certifiates are awarded for frequent reading and a wide range of reading will help improve vocabulary and the quality of writing.

 

Help with choosing books

It can be quite difficult to find books that engage and interest children and develop their reading skills.  This website - Love Reading for Kids - has lots of ideas and recommendations.

This is the "blurb" from the website.  Take a look - there's no obligation to buy books. You can get them from Ludlow Library or see if we have them in our school library.  If we don't, Mr Mapes is always on the look out for new books to attract our readers.

 

Register now – FREE for a unique range of services specifically created to help parents and anyone who likes to buy books for children choose the best books for boys and girls of all ages.

  • Download and print off the Opening Extract of every 'featured book' on our site, even the picture books
  • Discover new writers through our unique children's author 'like-for-like' recommendation service
  • Read our exclusive online book reviews by Julia Eccleshare, author and children's books editor at the Guardian.
  • Enjoy regular emails to keep you up to date on the latest and best in your chosen age ranges. (Please be reassured that your e-mail address will remain confidential to Lovereading and not sold to any of those horrible spam people).

Fiction Express

We are delighted to offer the children the opportunity to experience a new type of interaction with books - one where they are involved in deciding which way the story will lead.  Fiction Express for Schools e-books are published in weekly episodes each Friday on the Fiction Express for Schools website. At the end of every cliffhanging episode readers are given voting options to decide where the plot should go next. They vote and the winning vote is conveyed to the author, who then writes the next episode, in ‘real time’, according to what the readers chose.

Each child has an individual Fiction Express log-in and they can read the books on tablets or computers.  They read the chapter then cast their vote.  There is also the opportunity to participate in blogs and ask authors questions about their work.

We are delighted that we have been chosen as an Ambassador School for Fiction Express and will be involved in working with Fiction Express to develop ideas and stories in the future.

 

Spelling

Last term, we introduced a new spelling programme - Read, Write, Spell and you will have seen your child's log book in Year 5.  Children do not have spelling homework where they have to learn a set of weekly spellings and are tested.  Instead, children are encouraged to record their own spellings to learn and participate in daily spelling sessions to support their learning of particular spelling patterns and tricky words.

Writing

Here are some excellent websites to help improve writing.

Punctuation

BBC punctuation

Punctuate the sentences

BBC capital letters game

BBC Full stops game

BBC question marks

Question marks

Speech marks

 

 

 

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