English

Ethos
We believe that literacy skills should be embedded throughout the curriculum and with this in mind, we strive to ensure that they are woven into all aspects of learning.  This cross-curricular approach enables the children to write for a real purpose and to make links between subjects.

Curriculum
As of September 2014, our school follows the National Curriculum 2014 for English.   Each Year group follows their Programme of Study.  Please ask your child’s teacher, should you require more information.  You will also find more information in the Curriculum Webs.

Phonics & Spelling
We place great importance on the teaching of phonics.  Reception and Key Stage 1 use the ‘Jolly Phonics’ approach, which combines actions with sounds and visual representations.  As children progress through Year 1 and 2, they move on to learning spelling rules.  This continues into Key Stage 2.  We use the National Curriculum 2014 to ensure progression across the teaching of spelling.

Phonics Policy
Spelling Policy

The powerpoint from our Autumn parent’s information evening can be found here-Phonics and Spelling Information.

Grammar and Punctuation

The National Curriuculum sets out the learning for all year groups in relation to grammar and punctuation.  English Appendix 2

A glossary of terms can be found here: Grammar Glossary

Reading Scheme
Our school uses a range of texts to support the teaching of reading.  For early readers, we use a phonic-based scheme called Phonic Bug.  As the children become more confident readers, they progress through our ‘colour’ books, according to their reading development. These texts include those from the ‘Rigby Star’ scheme.  When we feel they have achieved a good level of decoding and comprehension skills, children become’ free readers’ and select from a wide range of age-appropriate books.  The following lists may help guide your selection of books at home :

Reception list  Year 1 list  Year 2 list  Year 3 list  Year 4 list  Year 5 list  Year 6 list

You may also find this booklet helpful:  HELPING YOUR CHILD READ 1

Reading Policy
Writing Policy