English

English

English is at the core of all that we teach and is woven into our Challenge Curriculum. All teachers provide learning experiences using a high quality text, which is accessible to all yet provide appropriate challenge. Children are taught Englsh skills using objectives from the National Curriculum.  Teachers use the objectives to plan creative and unique 2weekly unit plans for each class based around the requirements of the learners. Spoken Language including drama, reading, writing, phonics, grammar, punctuation and spelling, feature in all units to ensure that children are meeting all requirements.

Phonics, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Phonics is taught daily from Foundation Stage 2 to Year 2 using the Letters and Sounds program. The children work through Phase 1-6. Once children are secure in Phase 4 they then start to develop their awareness of 'Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar' often referred to as SPaG.

Children are assessed regularly to ensure that they are making progress through the appropriate Letters and Sounds phase. During the month of June, in Year 1, the children undertake the 'Phonics screening' assessment, which is based on phase 5. This is to determine that the children are able to decode words in order to read them effectively. The children need to read 32 out of the 40 words successfully in order to pass. If they do not meet this requirement, they will retake the assessment the following year. All information is submitted to the DfE. Parents are informed of the outcome of the test.

During Year 2 the children will be taught Phase 6 of the Letters and Sounds program. The focus of which is mainly on spelling. Year 2 undertake a SPaG test in the summer term.

SPaG continues to be taught daily through to Year 6. In the summer term Year 6 undertake a SPaG test as part of the SATs week.


Reading

All children receive a daily opportunity for reading. This happens through using the class text for shared reading, guided reading texts as well as to read together and independently. Children also have access to a range of exciting, book banded texts which they are able to and take home. In Years 5 and 6, children are encouraged to take part in a Reading Challenge, where they can work through bronze, silver and gold banded books, in order to challenge and develop their reading and comprehension skills. All children are encouraged to read everyday. The daily teaching of phonics and SPaG is also linked to daily reading opportunities.


Writing

We ensure that all children have access to the daily writing opportunities, to constantly develop the skills that are being modelled to them. Each child is clear as to how to progress through the writing objectives set for their year group. Extended writing opportunities happen as part of our two weekly writing cycle, to enable the children to apply their English language knowledge and skills. Handwriting is taught and practiced across the school.


Published on 30/01/2015