World Book Day

To celebrate the 20th World Book Day we focused on reading for enjoyment and working together at Roecliffe. The day began with children from all year groups working together to create a front cover of a favourite book.  This was followed but the staff in school sharing their favourite books, and reminding the children just how relaxing and enjoyable a bedtime story is.. Children were therefore invited to come to school in comfortable clothes and bring a pillow or cushion.   A great time was had by all and the children all worked so hard and well together. 

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World Book Day

An amazing day was had by all to celebrate the 20th World Book day.  Children from all year groups worked together to create a front cover of a favourite book.  This was followed by the staff in school sharing their favourite books,  to encourage children to appreciate how relaxing and enjoyable a bedtime story can be. Children were therefore invited to come to school in wear comfortable clothes and bring a pillow or cushion.   

English at Roecliffe

At Roecliffe we recognise that language is at the heart of all we do. Without it we can not communicate our knowledge, ideas and feelings, or structure and make sense of our experiences; in this sense, language is a tool for both our thinking and learning.  It is therefore vital that  we  provide all children with the very better experiences and opportunities in order for them to develop their speaking and listening and writing skills fully. 

Our long term planning for Reading can be found by clicking here.

Our long term planning for Writing can be found by clicking here.

The National Curriculum for English. The National Curriculum for English can be found by clicking here


At Radcliffe we hold information evenings to explain how reading is taught in school.  We also discuss ways in which parents can help support their children's reading. 


Read Write Inc

Children in Class One and Class Two follow the Read Write Inc programme to develop their  phonics and reading skills.  The programme provides the children with the opportunity to:

  • Read storybooks and non-fiction books closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge
  • Take home Phonics storybooks to share 
  • Read with fluency and expression
  • Learn to spell using known sounds 
  • Write confidently by practising what they want to write out loud first 
  • Work well with a partner
  • Be accurate and speedy readers

Read Write Inc Spelling

In order to sustain the knowledge and skills the children have develop through completion of Read Write Inc, children in years 2-6 will continue to progress with the support of Read  Write Inc  spelling.  This has been specially created to meet the  demands of the national curriculum.  The Lessons are just 15 minutes a day and each new spelling rules is introduced by aliens from an exciting online spelling planet.   The children record their learning into a Log books which can easily be used to assess progress the children are making. 


We understand that reading is an essential life skill. We therefore positively encourage all children to read on a daily basis in a variety of contexts. We also recognise that ‘Reading for Pleasure’ it a vital component in ensuring that all children become lifelong readers.

Guided Reading 

Guided Reading is an approach to reading that supports children to develop not only their reading skills but also their comprehension skills. The children are grouped according to their needs to acquire similar skills. Over the course of a week each child will undertake a pre-read of a text, work with the class teacher and complete individual activities. As a school we use the Reading Explorers series of short text and focused questions. 


As part of the Reading Explorers approach  all the children pre-read the chosen text prior to working with the class teacher.  During the pre-read the children listen to a text three times.  The aim of this is to gain a greater understanding not only of the explicit rhythms and patterns of speech but also the implicit grammatical and conventions of the written word.  The first time the children listen they are listening to the 'gist' of the text.  This enables them to identify the type of text and make predictions about the overall context.  The next time the children listen to the text they are asked to complete questions.  This allows the children to 'filter out' non-essential text and select specific words, phrases and grammatical constructions needed to discover meaning.  The third time the children listen to the text they are also given a copy of the text.  This enables children to identify and discuss unfamiliar vocabulary, in addition to seeing the layout of the text. 

Skills development with class teacher

Following the pre-read session the children work with class teacher to develop a specific skills.  The are five thinking and reasoning skills that are covered during the year are:

Literal thinking

Deductive reasoning

Inferential skills

Evaluative assessment of text

Study skills

Each session is divided into three sections:

Warm up questions:

  • These questions are mainly literal and are aimed at orientating the children to the text

Main questions:

  • This is the main focus of the lesson - the questions asked are directly related to the specific skill being practised 

Independent activities

During the remaining weekly sessions the children will complete a number of independent activities.  These usually include answering vocabulary questions.  These questions increase the children's knowledge and understanding of why certain words were chosen by the author. 

Reading through the curriculum

At Roecliffe  we recognise the importance of developing reading skills and understanding through all areas of the curriculum.  We also understand the importance of ensuring that children enjoy reading and have a passion for books.  We try and achieve this in a number of ways:

  • Share books and reading to the children regularly  through a class reader
  • Book worms - small group work aimed at introducing children to new authors and making them excited about reading
  • Using other medias such as music, pictures or videos to reinforce reading skills
  • A range of books the children can choose to read from


Bookworms is a weekly programme that is aimed at developing children's enjoyment of reading and library skills.  In small groups, the children work in the library, discussing different books and genres.  They are given the opportunity to share books they are reading and recommend them to others.  Before the session ends, the children focus on a particular library skill.  This may include identify the difference between fiction and non-fiction or understand alphabetical order when trying to locate a specific Author.  The children really enjoy the bookworm sessions and are all keen to share books with each other. 

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