Literacy at Stillness

At Stillness Junior School, English is not only taught as discrete lessons but as part of a creative curriculum. We do this through lessons in which children experience whole class activities stemming from a class book, drama, art, history, geography, music, or a science base. The study of English develops children's ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, including the communication of their ideas, views and feelings. Children are enabled to freely express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and media texts.  

Language plays a fundamental part in children's development and our main aims are to enable pupils to read with purpose and enjoyment, write effectively, to listen with understanding and speak clearly. To achieve this, a variety of teaching methods are used across a range of subjects. The school has a well stocked library, class boxes, reading schemes and sets for guided group reading which take place on a regular basis as an interactive session with a teacher or teaching assistant. Children have further experiences of the English language by listening to visiting speakers and authors. We also hold regular book fairs throughout the year.

During literacy week we are always keen to support the National World Book Day event where children and teachers dress up as their favourite book character. 

We involve parents/carers by holding our annual "pop-in" sessions, where parents/carers come into the classroom to support their child in their learning and enjoy a typical literacy lesson with their child.

At Stillness Junior School we are dedicated to developing children who are critical thinkers. We aim to achieve this through using the Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats.  The Thinking Hats is a strategy that encourages children to focus their thinking in specific areas, allowing them to approach problems from different perspectives.  Through using the strategy children are enabled to divide their thinking process into smaller steps which allows them to examine all areas of a problem before collecting all of the information and expressing a logical outcome or a meaningful opinion. The thinking hats are used in all areas of the curriculum and allow children to access, engage with and discuss the topics of study in a more purposeful way.  Whether it is a verbal or written response, or an independent or group task, children are consistently encouraged to “put on their thinking hats” and explore!

Guided reading takes place in every class for 30 minutes a day.  During these sessions children discuss the text they are reading, practise inference and deduction skills and develop strategies for comprehension.

All pupils have access to the school library which houses a fantastic range of books and these are issued to their individual library login.

Recommended books for Y3.pdf

Recommended books for Y4.pdf

Recommended books for Y5.pdf

Recommended books for Y6.pdf

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