English

We follow the School Curriculum set out by the Department for Education  

http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/primary/b00198874/english

The Primary Framework sets out the learning objectives for each year group and suggests possible genres.  In each term at school the children will read and write non-fiction, fiction and poetry texts.  Speaking and listening skills are taught throughout the curriculum.

Writing

In addition to the Primary framework we also use Big Writing.  This enables the children to learn more about VCOP (Vocabulary, connectives, openers and punctuation). The children also take part in an extended writing session each week.  The children from Y1-6 receive Talk Homework on a weekly basis in preparation for their Big Write session.   In Early Years the children start the Big Write approach by having a Big Talk session each week.

Phonics/Spelling

Phonics is taught primarily in set groups using the Letters and Sounds Scheme

http://www.education.gov.uk/publications/..../dfes-00281-2007

In Early Years and Key Stage One the children take part in a daily phonics session using a range of practical materials.  Jolly Phonics is also used to help the children learn their sounds.  

In Key Stage Two the children take part in one taught spelling session each week based on Letters and Sounds Phase 4-6 or Support for Spelling.  They revisit the spelling pattern at appropriate times during the following week.

Reading

Reading is taught through Guided Reading in all year groups. The Primary Framework is used to guide the teaching. 

In Key Stage One the children read from the reading scheme; Oxford Reading Tree.  They read books about particular letter patterns, they apply these patterns when reading fiction and non-fiction books and then they practice their skills in longer texts.  They also choose real books from the school library.

Some children move onto Accelerated Reader.

In Key Stage Two the children use Accelerated Reader There is a wide selection of genres and authors represented in the scheme.  The children read and complete online quizzes. This helps them to develop their comprehension skills.