Our English lessons are carefully planned to ensure they are imaginative, progressive and meeting the needs of our pupils. We use a text based curriculum to enthuse children in reading high quality texts and subsequently creating a range of engaging writing opportunities.
Using a text based unit allows the children to become immersed in their learning with a range of opportunities for reading and writing. This allows deeper learning, enjoyment and excellent writing outcomes.
All classes are given opportunities to write across the curriculum, ensuring they have a purpose for writing and develop skills to write both fiction and non-fiction texts.
‘A book is a gift you can open again and again’ – Garrison Keillor
We believe passionately in promoting reading for pleasure in our school. There are many examples of this, from our fantastic library to our enriching book based English curriculum. Reading plays a vital part in improving children’s writing; including increased vocabulary and spelling knowledge. Reading aloud to a child (no matter what age) increases their knowledge of text structures and allows them to tackle texts which are otherwise out of their reach. We regularly read quality texts aloud to children as it contributes greatly to their love of learning and we would recommend that parents and carers continue to do so too, even after their children become independent readers.
A child’s understanding of a text forms a large part of children’s enjoyment in reading. Please see the document below for ideas on how to question your child whilst reading.
In year 5, children may be chosen as reading buddies. These children are given a responsibility to read with children in EYFS and KS1. Please see the attached link below for more information regarding this.
Discrete spelling lessons are taught from year 2 to year 6 using Spelling Shed's spelling scheme. We work hard to ensure spelling lessons are relevant and memorable. We believe in the importance of teaching patterns and rules to enable children to gain a deeper understanding and apply their knowledge to many different spellings, rather than a set of words.
As well as teaching spelling rules, we also regularly practise spelling high frequency words (words that are most commonly read/written).
Below are some resources to help you support your child’s spelling at home. The Spelling Shed website is intended as weekly homework to support your child's spelling. Here you will find weekly spelling lists and also high frequency/common words set by your child's class teacher.
We follow the letters and sounds phonics programme in Early Years and KS1, which provides a systematic programme for teaching early phonics development. Letters and Sounds is divided into six phases, each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. Alongside this, we take elements of the Read Write Inc reading scheme to enhance phonics, linking each sound to a rhyme.