READING AND WRITING LESSONS
Academic Year 2020-21
Class I: 6 - 7 years (KG 2/Class 1)
Class II: From 7 years (Class 1 - 2)
Class III: From 8 years (Class 2-3)
Class IV: From 9 years (Class 4 - 6)
Class V: From 8 years (Class 3)
Class VI: From 10 years (Class 5)
Class VII: From 10 years (Class 6 - 7)
Day and time (Wädenswil location unless stated otherwise)
Class I: Wednesday 14:30 - 15:45 (Wollerau)
Class II: Wednesday 13:00 - 14:15 (Wollerau)
Class III: Wednesday 12:45 - 14:00
Class IV: Wednesday 14:15 -15:30
Class V: Wednesday 15:45 - 17:00
Class VI: TBD
Class VII: TBD
The reading and writing classes are for children who are able to read and write simple phonetically plausible words and simple sentences. There are seven classes so all different levels covering all the primary years are covered. There are age guidelines for each class but a free assessment can also be administered in order to establish suitability.
What do these courses cover?
Class I and II: The components described in the Fun with Phonics course will still be an important and on-going element of each lesson but, in addition, more time will be spent on more advanced reading skills and independent writing. The UK Letters and Sounds programme is utilised with up to date resources and games ordered directly from the UK. "Links to Literacy" is extremely well resourced with books, there are multiple copies of each of Oxford Reading Tree books so that children will be able to work with a book in the lesson, take the same book home to read with their parents and use it to complete their homework.
Class III, IV, V, VI and VII: Spelling and phonics are still important skills that are taught, practised and revised every week. As well as games, puzzles and worksheets, spelling tests are surprisingly motivating. Online work is incorporated into the weekly plan.Grammar is also taught. There will be an additional emphasis on developing writing skills. Once children can write, the different genres such as stories, letter writing, recounts, poetry, report writing including explanatory and persuasive texts are covered in turn. Initially children read various texts in a particular genre, the features are analysed in detail. Individual writing of each feature can then be supported with the use of writing frames, word banks and the use of draft copies and feedback. Children word process their work and share it electronically with their peers for comment and review. Reading is further supported with the Oxford Reading Tree with our guided group reading books as well as other reading schemes, library and big books. An International English Scheme is used alongside these other methods and which supports English learning. Interesting speaking and listening activities happen each week as a natural element of learning.