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Our aim at Bishop Tufnell Primary School is to provide all pupils with opportunities that enable them to leave our school as confident, competent readers and writers. In order to achieve this, we provide children with extensive and exciting opportunities that foster and develop a lifelong love of learning.

Writing at Bishop Tufnell Primary School

We explore and develop a variety of writing skills through learning journeys. Each journey is inspired by a high quality text, which immerses the children and captures their imagination. Writing is often supported by the use of dramatic techniques such as hot seating and freeze frames. These practical activities enable the children to take on the role of characters and understand stories in greater depth. To further this, we use our role-play areas and extensive outside spaces which are interactive and creative and can be found throughout the school.


Phonics & Spellings at Bishop Tufnell Primary School 

We recognise the importance of teaching quality Phonics lessons and follow the Jolly Phonics scheme in Key Stage One. These fast-paced lessons are practical, interactive and highly motivating. Teaching focuses on the three key skills of segmenting, blending and decoding words. Children are then able to practise and transfer these skills into all areas of the curriculum. 

In Key Stage Two, children participate in a variety of interactive and creative spelling tasks. In these sessions, the children will focus on their weekly spellings, which are tested every Friday. 


Reading at Bishop Tufnell Primary School 

Reading is fundamental to all learning and it plays an important part in all areas of our curriculum. Our teachers and staff develop children’s reading skills through a combination of one-to-one, guided and independent reading. Every classroom has a welcoming book corner which children are encouraged to use daily. In addition to this, each Key Stage has a widely stocked library, which the children visit regularly.

In Key Stage Two, we follow the Accelerated reader programme. After reading a book, children are encouraged to take a quiz on it on a class computer. This quiz will assess how well they have understood what they have read and suggest the next book they might like to read. We have found this to be a highly motivating for children.

We encourage all children to read at home as much as possible.


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