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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.

These include:

  • 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.

Currently we have a whole school project shadowing the Kate Greenaway Medal. This is the Butterfly class winner. They created story stones to celebrate their winner - You're Safe With Me. Watch this space for more winners! Thank you so much to Mrs Wright who so kindly bought all the books for us to enjoy in school.
We have been so inspired by the Lost Words that we created our own acrostic poems based on other animals that we might find living near us. We displayed our writing in the Wild Space - that is our place for outdoor learning. 
We celebrated World Book Day this year by creating a 'Book in a Jar'. Wow! What a fantastic job everyone did. We all enjoyed talking, sharing and admiring all the creations. It provided so many opportunities to talk about all the books we love and hopefully inspired others to read them too! 
We started this Spring term with a whole school project on the book The Lost Words. The children had great fun visiting the WIldspace and trying to find and name as many of the animals and plants from their pictures as possible. Each class chose an a particular poem and produced some amazing writing, sculptures and art work. We are continuing to try and find more lost words within our classes so watch this space!
As a whole school we shadowed the Kate Greenaway medal. Each class chose their favourite and then tried to persuade the rest of the school to vote for them. The winner this year was Town Is By The Sea but our school winner was A First Book of Animals. This was a favourite for the Reception children right up to Year 6. 
We have been shadowing the Kate Greenaway Book Awards as a school. Thanks to the kind genorosity of a former governor, we have been able to buy all the books on the long list. Every class had the opportunity to read and decide on their favourite and then they presented their ideas in an assembly. Each class tried to persuade the rest of the school to vote for their book.
 
Our shortlist was Ants - Please Mr Panda, Butterflies - Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, Caterpillars - The Bolds and Dragonflies - Wall. 
 
After a whole school vote, we are pleased to announce that Please Mr Panda by Steve Antony is the Thriplow Kate Greenaway award winning book for 2016. 
 
We look forward to tracking the real awards to see how all the books get on and find out which book will be crowned with the Kate Greenaway Medal. 
The children have all been following the Kate Greenaway Medal. In classes they voted for their favourite book to go foward to the whole school vote. In a special assembly, each class tried to persuade the rest of the school why their book was the best. The four finalist books are now being voted for.