Reading for writing strategy at Churchfields the Village School
Over the last 18 months we have carried out a large amount of research into what makes a ‘good’ writer. As a school we have devised our own strategy, ‘Reading for writing’. This focuses on a high-quality text, which then becomes the main focus of each unit within our English lessons. Through the use of high-quality texts, children are exposed to higher order vocabulary from an early age so that they may read for themselves and use this as an inspiration for their own writing. It also encourages children to speak in full sentences and express themselves from a far earlier age. This is a consistent, whole-school approach, where reading is placed at the heart of our children’s learning and experiences. The children love having their own copy of the class text to read and share with a friend, and more and more children are choosing to read for pleasure.
“We have read loads of books this term and I love Paddington Bear, Fantastic Mr Fox and George’s marvellous medicine. I think Roald Dahl is my favourite author.” – Henry
“I really enjoy reading, and then writing about the characters” – Jake
“We can borrow the books and look at them when we want to. I write my own stories” – Ryan