In KS1, English is taught in sequences of lessons which focus on spoken language, spelling, handwriting, composition, grammar and punctuation. Reading is taught daily during a guided reading session. In EYFS, Literacy is taught through weekly small group adult focus activities as well as child initiated learning.
In KS1 and EYFS, all classes have daily phonics sessions. The children are taught phonics through a phonic scheme called Letters & Sounds. These focused sessions gradually introduce children to letter sounds and help to develop their sight vocabulary. When ready, children move on to the Support for Spelling programme where they learn a range of spelling patterns including prefixes and suffixes.
Alongside effective use of phonics, children are encouraged to develop fluency and expression when reading as well as demonstrating appropriate comprehension. It is our aim that all children develop into lifelong readers and they receive regular individual or guided reading as well as listening to high quality children’s literature. We have a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books available for children to borrow and they also have the opportunity to borrow books from our school library.
There is a strong emphasis on developing writing skills and teachers model how to structure and organise writing so that it engages the reader. Children are given the opportunity to write imaginatively, record information, express themselves clearly and use a wide range of vocabulary. Punctuation and grammar are taught as an integral part of this process. Teachers use quality texts to stimulate and engage children and give them a real purpose for writing. English links are made with other areas of the curriculum through exciting and engaging topics. For example, diary writing for the Great Fire of London.
There is a strong focus on spoken language within both English lessons and across the curriculum. Children develop speaking and listening skills through drama, group discussions and regular use of talk partners.