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We aim to provide exciting and meaningful experiences for children through the teaching and learning of English. Teachers, using The National Curriculum, facilitate children’s inquisitive and curious minds to be playful and confident when speaking, reading, and writing. All aspects of English are taught both discretely and immersively to best promote children’s learning.

 

PHONICS

Phonics is taught discretely on a daily basis. We follow a programme called Letters and Sounds, from the beginning of Foundation 2 to the end of Year 2. It is consistently reinforced through reading and writing lessons and activities.

At the end of year one all children sit the national reading Phonics Screening Check in June. Phonics teaching continues into Key Stage 2 for those pupils who have not met the expected standard according to the Phonics Screening Check.

 

READING

Every year group is taught reading through individual, guided and shared sessions. The teachers plan and assess reading through a variety of methods during these sessions.

All children follow a banded scheme from a variety of reputable, specialist educational publishers. As the children progress through the school they are taught and encouraged to become more independent and responsible in selecting their own reading book.

 

WRITING

Writing is a daily task throughout all year groups. This might be through guided group sessions, phonics lessons, shared writing sessions, or written work completed both independently and as a class group. We aim to make writing enjoyable and purposeful. Where possible, we link our written work to our topic work, as well as teaching writing through explicit spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons. We teach using a variety of media such as newspaper reports, recounts, stories, poems and letters.

 

HANDWRITING

We are currently undertaking the task of reviewing our handwriting policy and scheme, and we have made this a school priority for the academic year 2017-18.

 

SPELLING

Children learn to write words linked to the phonemes/graphemes which they learn in school. They will also include high-frequency words, ‘tricky words’ (those which are difficult to decipher) linked to the Letters and Sounds programme, and words from the year group lists in The National Curriculum. Children learn spelling patterns associated with the different sounds and then focus on other spelling objectives taken from The National Curriculum. Although tests take place regularly, the emphasis is on learning rules and identifying patterns so that they can then apply these patterns to their spelling in written tasks. Children also complete the Single Word Spelling Test to determine their spelling age

Further Curriculum Information

Please see the KS1 and KS2 Primary National Curriculum for English further information:

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