Talk at Thriplow
Education at Thriplow is not just about the National Curriculum. We place a great emphasis on developing self-esteem and confidence, through our caring Christian ethos and our ability to give every child individual attention. We firmly believe that learning to express oneself articulately is an important aspect of education, and we aim to improve the children’s spoken English through a variety of initiatives and activities.
Each cohort learns a poem by heart every term and recites it to the class/Key Stage/whole school. We hold a Poetry Recital Competition each year and the winner receives a prize and has his or her name engraved on a trophy.
Every child in the school (Years 1 – 6) is encouraged to deliver a Presentation to their peers. In Reception, themes for “Show and Tell” are dictated by the class topic and are therefore relevant to the children’s learning. In Year 1 and 2 children take part in ‘Treasure Box’ which is a time to present to the rest of the class with artefacts and pictures of a subject of their choice. The whole school listens to a Presentation delivered by a teacher and considers the skills needed. The Year 6 children are the first in the year to deliver a 3 minute Talk on any subject to the rest of KS2. Year 5 and Year 4 also have the opportunity to deliver a presentation later on in the year.
Philosophy for children is being developed across the school. This allows children to learn to talk and develop ideas and teaches them to become good listeners also.
Reading at Thriplow
Reading for pleasure is one of the most important aspects of learning that we try to teach the children at Thriplow. We aim to instil a love of books and reading to all our pupils. This is achieved not only through the daily teaching of phonics, individual, shared, whole class and guided reading sessions but also surrounding the children with an environment that is rich in language and print. The school has a library that is enhanced with a ‘take a book’ theme every half term. The children have the opportunities to participate in author visits, follow book awards, dressing up activities and much more. Each class has access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction. KS 2 teachers work hard to ensure each child reads a range of books to develop their vocabulary and understanding. The current reading scheme includes Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Big Cat with Rapid Reading and Rapid Phonics is also used to support the teaching of reading. The current phonics scheme is based upon Letters and Sounds.
Writing at Thriplow
At Thriplow we place great importance on teaching the skills needed for children to become good writers, as well as the need to inspire and create real and valuable opportunities for writing. We begin to teach children to join up their handwriting in Year One when they are ready to. In the early years of KS2, children are given the chance to earn a pen licence. We believe that presentation is significant. The children are taught to apply their skills to other areas of the curriculum such as the yearly science competition. We inspire through author visits, Everybody Writes Days and planning meaningful writing opportunities across our class topics.