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CURRICULUM INFORMATION PRIMARY SCHOOL

SECTION 3 LITERACY

We recognise that reading and writing are integral cognitive and academic skills needed to ensure student success in all areas. In reading and writing, we draw on individual objectives as we strive to provide high-quality instruction in all classrooms. At the AICS the depth and quality of the reading and writing process has been developed through a Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop approach to instruction. In Reader’s Workshop, we choose not to use one reading programme (e.g. Oxford Reading Tree) because we believe reading to be much more complex and multi-faceted than only learning to read. Some children begin from a BIG PICTURE (abstract) perspective. They see whole words and whole sentences and seek the story first. Some children begin from the codes, letter sounds and diagraphs and build up into the words and sentences and the story gradually reveals itself (concrete). A majority of children use a combination of both strategies – moving between Abstract to Concrete

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and Concrete to Abstract. Therefore, our approach to reading reaches into every area of our curriculum through a variety of approaches. For instance, Guided Reading, Reading for Meaning, levelled reading, and reading for pleasure at school and at home. In Writer’s Workshop, students will work through the writing process as they publish written pieces in a variety of text types. All students will have the opportunity to write narratives, non-fiction and poetry over the course of the school year. During each writing unit, students will also be introduced to one or more of the six writing traits: Ideas, Word Choice, Organisation, Sentence Fluency, Voice and Conventions. We look forward to helping bring out the inner author in all of our students! The children also learn about the nature and use of the English language by learning about:

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AICS School Guide 2018-2019  

School Guide for the Amsterdam International Community School (AICS) International for Primary and Secondary Education in English

AICS School Guide 2018-2019  

School Guide for the Amsterdam International Community School (AICS) International for Primary and Secondary Education in English

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