Our English curriculum follows the National Curriculum 2014 and ensures that children study high- quality texts, including novels, in depth. It provides frequent opportunities for reading, learning how to apply grammar rules and studying how authors use stylistic devices for different effects. Children regularly write at length, either in response to the text they have studied or independent, stand- alone pieces. We deliver discrete phonics, handwriting, spelling and reading sessions in addition to our English lessons. Please see the English and reading policies for further information.
Our Phonics is based on the ‘Letters and Sounds’ teaching programme and is followed from Nursery (FS1) through to the end of year 2.
Children are grouped by ability from Reception (FS2) through KS1 with a ‘catch-up’ group for children in year 3 who did not complete phase 6 in year 2.
Reception also use Jolly Phonics resources to enhance the teaching of initial sounds. When children first start in Reception the staff deliver sessions for parents to help them understand how we teach phonics and how they can support their children at home.
KS1 also use the ‘Phonics Play’ and ‘Phonics Bug’ resources to enhance the teaching of phonics.
KS1 and 2 children in our Speech and Language Unit use ‘Cued Articulation’ to help them learn their sounds.