English is taught daily as a discrete subject, but also features heavily in many other curriculum areas.
English consists of reading, writing, spoken language, handwriting, phonics, spelling, vocabulary, punctuation and grammar. We use the English programmes of study for key stages 1 and 2.
It is our aim that children should become readers for life. Children are encouraged to read a wide range of books. A good background of literature is provided in the school and is constantly being improved and updated.
Parents are encouraged to read with and to their children. The children are taught to read by being helped to know a basic sight vocabulary. They are encouraged to look for clues in the text and to use illustrations to aid their understanding. They are taught phonic skills to help them decode words and are encouraged to develop expression, fluency and comprehension as their reading skills progress.
Our Reading Ambassadors promote reading throughout the school. Find out more here.
Writing is an essential skill, which features in many curriculum areas. The emphasis is always on providing a real purpose and audience for the children. Writing includes developing sentence structure, building vocabulary, text organisation and writing different genres. Children are encouraged to write independently from their earliest days in school and continue to build upon this foundation through the school.
Spoken language and vocabulary
Spoken language and vocabulary is promoted in all subjects and is one of the key drivers in our curriculum. Activities include discussion, presentations, sharing stories and poetry, role play, debate and drama.
From the time they begin school, children are taught basic letter formation. They learn a cursive handwriting style, which is taught and practised frequently.
Our school uses Letters and Sounds to plan carefully for the systematic teaching of phonics in school. Phonics is an essential element in teaching children to read and write. Differentiated phonic sessions take place daily in EYFS and KS1 with a multi-sensory approach. Through practical activities and games, including Phonics Play, children are able to practise and develop skills in an effective and enjoyable way.
Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)
Children take part in a variety of games and activities to help them to learn to spell accurately, use correct punctuation and grammar. We use the No Nonsense Spelling scheme in school and follow the objectives in the national curriculum to ensure progression in SPaG: