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DIARY DATES

18/10/17 - Eagles Trip to Eden Camp

19/10/17 - Y5/6 Campsmount Open Evening

20/10/17 - Non uniform day - dress in blue to support Anti-Bullying (£1 please)

20/10/17 - School Closes

30/10/17 - School Opens

01/11/17 - Reception and Nursery Parent Information Session @ 14:30

06/11/17 - Pupil Photographs

08/11/17 - Lions Trip to Ledston

Wc 20/11/17 - Parents evenings

23/11/17 - Non uniform day - Christmas tombola donations please!

25/11/17 - Christmas Fair @ 12:00-15:00 

30/11/17 - Bags 2 School Collection

01/12/17 - Starfish and Dolphins Trip to Eureka

11/12/17 - Christmas service at church 

13/12/17 - EYFS nativity @2pm

14/12/17 - KS1 nativity @2pm 

20/12/17 - KS2 Christmas carol singalong in the hall 

16/01/18 - Y5 and Y6 SATS Parent Information Session @ 15:45

23/01/18 - Y2 SATS Parent Information Session @ 15:45

30/01/18 - Y1 Phonics Parent Information Session @ 15:45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTICES 

If you would like to place an order for Christmas Cards designed by your child, follow the instructions on the order form, and hand back original artwork and forms to the school office no later than Thursday 19th October.

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Writing at Kirk Smeaton School

 

Writing is so important, we ensure that all children are confident when writing and to do this we use a range of support strategies.

Talk4writing- this approach allows children to talk the writing, they create a memory map of a fiction or non-fiction text and this then allows children to focus on the key information when writing.  Talk4writing supports all elements of writing i.e. sentence structure, punctuation, spelling, dialogue, grammar.

Drama- We use a range of drama techniques to support children when reading and understanding texts.  Strategies such as hot seating or conscience ally allows children to develop empathy and character description which is so important when up levelling writing skills.

Kung fu punctuation- is a super strategy to use punctuation within a range of sentences/paragraphs.  The children act out the punctuation to remember and support their understanding of what punctuation does to a sentence.  This strategy is also used to discuss how different punctuation can change the mean of words and sentences.

Handwriting- handwriting is so important when developing the flow of writing.  Within the new curriculum children need to join to be deemed at expected level in Year 6.  We teach handwriting regularly and set high expectations. At the beginning of each piece of work the children write a line of expectation, this is their very best handwriting, they are then expected  to write in line with the expectation set. 

Spellings, punctuation and grammar-Spellings and grammar are taught daily, we use a range of tools such as espresso, SIMS and schofield spelling scheme, read, write inc and Pie Corbett games and ideas. 

Widget- we use this program to support meaning and clarification of vocabulary, this is especially used with SEN children.

IT- we use computers, IPADS and online dictionaries to support writing skills.  Children often use these to find an alternative word.  We draft work on a range of programs. 

Writing in everything we do - We write daily in a range of curriculum areas and ask children to show high expectations at every point.  We have a pink pencil, this is so that every child can highlight all the things they have done correct in a piece of writing, a purple pencil is used to show up levelling and making a piece of work even better.  Our school aim is always being the best we can be and that is why the purple pencil is so important!

Homework- Children are encouraged to write  a diary at home.  We have SPAG text books which are used weekly and focus children on spellings, punctuation and grammar. 

Spelling ideas- please click here for some great ideas for learning spelling

Reception spelling words

Y1 spelling words

Y2 spelling words

Y3 spelling words

Y4 spelling words

Y5/6 spelling words

We use the Milestone Chris Quigley assessment.  We have designed milestone mats which are used in class and books.  The children use these to peer assess, self assess and the teachers give targets almost immediately, so that children can make accelerated progress within the lesson.  Please click here to download these.