English

Our scheme of work for English relates to the requirements of the National Curriculum 2000 and the Framework for Literacy.

The distinct elements of literacy teaching are introduced throughout the Reception year and maintained daily from Y1 to Y6. These elements are related to: sharing text as a whole class, word and sentence level work and activities planned for individuals, pairs or groups as appropriate. We use a creative approach to literacy and link it to other work in the curriculum, topics of interest, music, film and ICT. Alongside this, Guided Reading sessions take place. During these, a group of children work with the teacher on a specific text to develop their reading skills. We also maintain individualised reading for Reception and Key Stage1(KS1), independent reading at KS2 and children take home a book and reading diary / planner regularly. Children are encouraged to love books and your help with this at home is invaluable.

We use synthetic phonics from the pupils' first term in the reception class. The ‘Big Cat’ reading scheme is used as well as Oxford Reading Tree and other books, graded to 'Book Bands', to ensure breadth. In KS1 all children are encouraged to borrow a library book, which they may choose freely. Therefore, there may be occasions when your child brings home a book which they have already borrowed. This is quite acceptable; children often return to favourite stories! The library in Upper School is a reference library.

Spelling is taught through our scheme, in line with the Primary Framework, Letters and Sounds and Read, Write Inc. Children are encouraged to learn spellings through a Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check procedure to encourage their visual memory as well as their phonic skills.

We teach a cursive style of handwriting from Reception onwards and aim to develop a joined hand throughout Y1 and 2. A guidance sheet for handwriting is available from your child’s class teacher, to enable you to support our approach.

Speaking and Listening forms a crucial part of Literacy work and there is a strong emphasis on 'Talk for Writing' and verbalising ideas.