Our English lessons follow a rich curriculum that stimulates enjoyment, curiosity and interest. Children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. They use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations.
Throughout the Nursery and Reception, children make EXCELLENT PROGRESS in writing and are able to read sentences by the ages of 3 and 4 years.
Key Stage 1
Children are taught Phonics in Nursery and throughout KS1. Children learn to decode (read) and encode (spell) printed words quickly and fluently by blending and segmenting letter sounds.
The application of phonics to reading is supported through a structured colour-coded reading scheme, using a wide range of books.
Pupils become increasingly independent and are encouraged to edit their own work by identifying misspellings and learning how to use a simple dictionary and high-frequency word lists. Children in Reception to Year 4 have a timetabled weekly slot to use the school library.
Key Stage 2
At this stage, there is an emphasis on the recognition of letter strings, visual patterns and analogies, the application of spelling conventions, the use of a range of word resources and the morphology of words. In addition, SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) is formally taught. Pupils are encouraged to identify their own spelling errors, make reasoned choices about likely alternatives and use a range of resources to help them. Years 5 and 6 are able to use the school library during Library Club.
English curriculum enrichment activities are celebrated during the academic year, including Shakespeare Day, World Book Day, National Poetry Day, House Poetry Competitions and visits from authors, poets, theatre groups and local librarians.