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To find out more about the programme of study, please click on the appropriate year group below. If you require any further information about English, please talk to your class teacher or the English Co-ordinator, Ms Tucker.  Through whole class teaching, children have access to a wide range of literature and study and compare writers’ techniques. Through whole class writing, pupils are taught to develop their written skills in various genres. Sentence and word level work concentrates on understanding grammar, punctuation and spelling thereby increasing children’s word power and accuracy in writing. Children are also encouraged to develop their spelling skills through project work and the use of dictionaries from an early age.

 

Reading

We aim to help children to develop the ability to read with fluency and understanding, both for pleasure and for information. Core reading schemes are used, supplemented by a wide range of other material. Books are taken home so that parents can share in their child’s reading development. A ‘Reading Record’ book is used to record the child’s progress; this book also provides a useful home/school diary. The school has a well stocked library containing over 2,000 books and stock is regularly replenished.


In school we teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme, supported by the use ofJolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar kinaesthetic actions and stories.  As children move through the early stages of acquiring phonics, they practice by reading texts which are entirely decodable for them from the Rigby Star Phonics, Oxford Reading Tree and Phonics bug schemes.  Once children have a secure knowledge of letter/sound correspondences and can blend words confidently, they access our Book Banded reading scheme which has books from various published schemes such as Oxford Reading Tree and is designed to give children experience of a variety of reading genres.  There are fiction and non-fiction books within each level.  In addition, children access Espresso whilst learning phonics at school from a personalised selection made by the teacher.  In addition to this children with reading difficulties may access the Units of Sound Language Programme, Toe by Toe and Nessy.  All children are encouraged to select books from the classroom, library or home to share with their parents to encourage a love of reading.  Once children can read fluently and with a good understanding, they self-select books for independent reading from the school library or from home.

 

Speaking and Listening

Children are encouraged to listen attentively and express their thoughts and ideas clearly and confidently. A wide range of opportunities are offered, for example, working together within a group, making a presentation to a large audience, and through drama and whole school productions.  Recent plays include ‘Treasure Island’, ‘Cinderella Rockerfella”, ‘The Wind in the Willows”  and "Troy Story" which all included every pupil in the school.


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