As set out in the National Curriculum, we intend to implement an English programme of study with appropriate subject knowledge that will teach pupils to speak, listen, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and so others can communicate with them. Pupils will build on these strands of English often, in English lessons and across the curriculum: to acquire and build on knowledge, for fluency, and for pleasure.
Early reading and writing is prioritised and is taught using a systematic synthetic phonics programme. The books that children read in school and at home are at the right level of difficulty and match exactly the order in which sounds have been taught in the programme. Children are taught phonics daily from F1 and sessions increase in length as they move through Foundation Stage and into Key Stage One.
Once children have successfully mastered our phonics programme of study, they choose a book (with support from their teacher) to practise reading at home. These books are colour banded and increase in difficulty. Your child’s class teacher will be able to discuss this in more detail if you have any questions about the level of book they are currently reading. Whilst reading at home, your child should be able to read the book with little support; this should help to build confidence and fluency. Now that your child can read the words on the page, you can support them by discussing what is happening in the book, what the characters might be thinking and feeling, what might happen next, and what specific words and phrases mean in the context of the story. Even the most skilful and confident of readers will benefit hugely from sharing their reading time with an adult!
Every class in school has story or class novel time. These books have been chosen to ensure our children have access to quality texts at a level beyond that which they can read independently. By sharing the very best books together, we aim to develop a deep love of reading. We frequently use this time to revisit our wider curriculum concepts of ‘society and culture’ and ‘language’ and use classic and contemporary texts to achieve this. Texts are chosen and reviewed regularly to ensure our children see themselves in books, to introduce new hopes and aspirations, as well as to explore characters and themes that they may be less familiar with.
In Key Stages One and Two, we use Collins Treasure House to plan and deliver our English lessons. Each sequence comprises all English core concepts with component learning that builds to an overall composite unit outcome. Teachers plan to a high-ceiling, low-threshold approach to ensure all children access achievement and success.
Dream by: reading to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.
Build by: developing our knowledge in speaking, listening, vocabulary, comprehension and composition.
Grow by: Using our knowledge of English to achieve success across subjects.