The teaching of English in school is broken down into Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing and Phonics.
Phonics is taught in EYFS and KS1 through a discrete 20 minutes session every morning following the Government guidance of Letters and Sounds and this informs much of our teaching of reading, writing and spelling.
Reading comprehension is taught through whole class reading activities, guided reading and through home readers. Guided reading schemes include Project X, Project X Phonics and Acorns Non-Fiction. Home Reading schemes include Oxford Reading Tree, Floppy Phonics, Songbirds, Pearson Bug Club and a range of narrative to extend enjoyment for reading.
As a school we are continuing to develop the use of Talk4Writing across the curriculum. The daily English lessons usually include a discrete grammar focus, alongside a focus on high quality oral work and written work linked to the class story or non-fiction focus.
More detailed information on how English is taught in school can be found in the policy documents below.
Information regarding how you can support your child with reading at home can be found in the link below.
Speaking and listening are fundamental to a child’s language development and underpin all areas of learning as well as social development. We plan opportunities for teaching/developing these skills across the curriculum to enable children to express themselves clearly and confidently and listen attentively.
Reading is taught in a number of ways, but initially in KS1 this is largely through a phonics approach. Comprehension skills are also developed alongside phonics to enable our children to become confident, independent readers who read for enjoyment and information every day. Books are sent home on a weekly basis so children can practise their reading skills with a parent/carer. As children develop into fluent readers, there is greater emphasis on developing their comprehension skills: questioning to check their understanding becomes even more important.
Writing skills are also developed on a daily basis. We aim to create real, purposeful and engaging contexts for writing; children have opportunities to work independently, in pairs and in small groups with an adult. Talk for Writing has been introduced across all key stages and is contributing both to children’s enjoyment of writing and the development of skills. There is much emphasis on spelling, handwriting and grammar as well as composition.