Our English Curriculum is planned using the National Curriculum planning to suit objectives and is linked to out topic. There is a big emphasis on transferable skills with the expectation that the standard of reading and writing in other lessons is as good as it is in discrete English lessons.
Teachers employ a variety of approaches- individual, guided and shared reading sessions as well as reading comprehension and drama to teach reading. We use the Book Banded system to band all of our books so that each child receives an appropriate reading book at their level. Children are also encouraged to choose books which they enjoy from our extensive collection of books in classrooms and our non-fiction collection in our School Library. All staff promote the enjoyment of reading with their children and each class has a regular story time slot.
Children are encouraged to write stimulating and exciting texts through engagement with a variety of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and film. We have a whole school approach of ‘Sentence Stacking’ writing known as ‘The Write Stuff’ Approach.
Phonics and Spellings
Phonics and spellings are taught discretely in all classes. For phonics, we teach using ‘Sounds Write’, which splits the phonics teaching up into manageable units for teachers to teach and takes a whole word approach to phonics. These lessons last for 20 minutes per day in EYFS and half an hour in Key Stage One. Sounds Write is also used as an intervention for children in Years 3,4 and 5.
Our Foundation Stage children learn to form letters using a pre-cursive style. When they enter Key Stage 1 they learn to join letters using the Nelson Handwriting style. Discrete handwriting sessions form part of the children’s phonics and spellings sessions but are also addressed in every lesson.