English and Reading

English plays a key role in pupils’ social, emotional, cultural and spiritual development. We teach our pupils to speak and write fluently, encouraging them to communicate their ideas and emotions. Through reading and listening others can communicate to them, enabling our pupils to become informed confident members of society.

Children in EYFS have a focused phonics session delivered to them every day. We teach children to read initially by a synthetic phonics approach delivered through Letters and Sounds and additional intervention programmes when needed.

The children in Reception Year have the opportunity to select from a wide range of good quality reading books, both in the classroom and from the school library. Reading is encouraged in the indoor and outdoor environment.

We continue with the synthetic phonics programme through Key Stage 1. As the children progress up the school they read books that have been levelled using the Banded Book system. Pupils in Key Stage 1 have opportunities to read individually as well as participate in guided reading sessions.

By the end of Key Stage Two it is anticipated that most children will be able to pick their own appropriately aged books.  Pupils who require additional support for reading are given additional opportunities through one to one and small group time. Our guided reading books are chosen to support the curriculum. They may be books connected to a science or linked to the genre being delivered in writing.

Children get the opportunity to hear stories during the week and are encouraged to read additional materials written by the authors that are introduced.

The ‘Big Write’ is an opportunity for the children to practise their extended writing skills. They are given clear guidance on how to improve their writing and what they need to do to succeed. Children are encouraged to self-check their work against those ‘steps to success’. We have a whole school handwriting scheme.

In Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, The National Curriculum is used as a basis for teaching writing in the school. Specific genres are taught discretely and then writing opportunities are used across the curriculum to practise the skills taught.

Across the year in Key Stage One and Two classes a balance of fiction, non-fiction and poetry is taught. The method of teaching is tailored to the needs of the pupils and will include: partner talk, group work, whole class work, oral contributions, the use of the Interactive White Board and drama.

All objectives from the National Curriculum are covered through contextual, enquiry based teaching. The units that are covered across Key Stage 1 and 2 are shown in the links below.

National curriculum can be found here