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 provision follows the ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds revised’ teaching programme and is followed from Nursery through to Year 2. From Reception to Year 2 children are taught phonics in whole class lessons with daily ‘Keep-Up’ sessions for children who need further practise. All classes use and display Little Wandle resources to provide consistency across the school.
Our Early reading provision also follows the ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds revised’ programme. Children are placed into ability groups and the books are carefully matched to their knowledge and skills. They take part in three reading sessions with trained staff before taking their reading book home to ‘show off’.
We deliver ‘Little Wandle’ sessions for parents to help them understand how we teach phonics and early reading and how they can support their children at home.
KS1 and 2 children in our Speech and Language Unit use ‘Cued Articulation’ to help them learn their sounds.