At Spilsby Primary Academy we value reading as a key life skill and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We aim to develop a love of reading and books through our whole-class reading approach. We believe that reading is key for academic success and progress in all areas of the curriculum; therefore, we provide our pupils with the comprehension skills to respond to wide range of different text types.
We teach writing to learn the skills of proof reading and editing, whilst recognising and explaining the purpose of different genres. We want our children to experience different 'hooks' to inspire their writing by using visual (movie/film clips), aural (audio books) and texts as prompts.
Reading is vital to everything we do at Spilsby Primary and we are delighted to be part of the Book Pen Pals scheme. Every year, we are teamed up with an author/illustrator who send us book recommendations via postcards. The recommendations are a classic, a less well-known book you know and love, a brand-new release, or anything in between. We also get to send postcards back to our author/illustrator.
This year we have been receiving recommendations from: Emma Perry.
Year 6 created their own Polar themed Haiku Poetry. They first looked at the structure and layout of the different example poems and what vocabulary was used in them. They then chose their own favourite Polar animals and created a word bank of vocabulary to describe it’s movements, appearance and behaviours.
Following this, they then began to put their poems together using the 5,7,5 syllable pattern. Upon completion of their first draft, year 6 then tested replacing words with a range of synonyms to help the poem have the most impact upon the reader.
Year 6 created their own Polar themed newspaper report after first looking through example texts to help identify the structure, layout, grammar and range of punctuation used within the WAGOLL piece.
They then began their report by first planning the different paragraphs content and what writing features they could include. The next step was to create an introduction using the 5Ws ( what, where, when, who and why), helping the reader to know what would be in the report. Upon completion of the first draft, the children then looked back upon their planning to edit and ensure they had covered all their points and included different forms of punctuation.