Learning Programmes and Resources
The English Literacy resources at BCS help our students to both develop their language skills, but to do so within the context of the PYP Units of Inquiry they are exploring. These resources include:
Daily 5 is a literacy framework that instills independence, confidence, and inquiry into the students at BCS. The Daily 5 framework provides each classroom with a structure in which to organize their unit-related and other academic inquiries. This framework allows for a group of diverse learners to not only access the curriculum at BCS but also grow as independent lifelong readers, writers and communicators.
Ruth Miskin is one of the UK’s leading authorities on teaching children to read. Her literacy programmes have a strong focus upon phonics. A solid knowledge of the English phonic system is important for the development of both reading and spelling skills.
Reading AtoZ is a reading system that functions with 29 graduated levels of difficulty, beginning with level aa (easy) and ending with level Z2(hard). This resource is utilized both in class and during ICT investigations. ReadingAtoZ provides focused instruction on phonics understanding, reading skills, fluency, and comprehension strategies. These dimensions of reading are integrated into every reading selection and provide a supportive and graduated pathway for children to take as they advance as readers and communicators.
The Oxford Reading Tree is a comprehensive reading programme which provides the building blocks necessary for students to grow into confident and motivated readers. Children can progress through the levelled reading books at a pace which is right for them. You can find Oxford Reading Tree books in every Primary classroom.
The Bond SATs Skills is used to develop and extend skills in English grammar, punctuation and comprehension. The exercise-based scheme is use in Grade 3, 4 and 5 to help the students to become proficient in the English language and help them prepare for the rigors of Secondary School.