In English we follow the National Curriculum guidelines and use the topics from the Lancashire Curriculum. We strive to enthuse children with an enjoyment of books and writing while teaching the skills of handwriting, grammar and spelling. Each week children cover areas such as: grammar, spelling, punctuation, reading and writing within a creative and exciting topic.
Our aim is for children to have a love of reading and to read for pleasure. Teachers at our schools believe in the importance of reading, and many are enthusiastic readers themselves who pass on this love of reading to the children.
Across all classes, shared reading is used to teach the whole class; teachers model being a reader by saying things such as, ‘The author is suggesting that…." Teachers use open and focused questions, to deepen children's understanding and appreciation.
Each class has a Pie Corbett ‘reading spine’ of recommended quality core books that they will read throughout the year.
IN EYFS and Year 1, our focus is on encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Phonics is a high priority and is taught daily. In EYFS and KS1, we use the Letters and Sounds programme to teach phonics. Year 2 children who are at Phase 6 also use the Oxford Owl spelling scheme. Teachers ensure that phonics is applied to reading and that children can use sounds to spell words, and teachers check there is no gap between spelling and decoding. This is accompanied by daily comprehension where children enjoy hearing the teacher read using great picture books and ‘Big Books’. Children learn to decode, retrieve answers and make predictions. The children also enjoy reading in guided groups with an adult where the book has been carefully chosen to match their standard of reading while giving some challenge.
Reading book and records are sent home with children so that they can share their books with their family.
In Year 2 to Year 6, the focus is on deepening children's comprehension of a wide range of texts including fiction, non-fiction, comics, graphic novels and play scripts. Daily whole class guided reading focuses on key skills and comprehension. Vocabulary is taught through modelling how to use the context when reading to work out possible meaning, teacher modelling the use of vocabulary in shared writing, by using props, images and film clips and by discussing related words, roots, suffixes and prefixes. We believe it is essential that children can decode words and know the meaning of words before they can understand a text. Thus, vocabulary work is focused on at the start of a new text and children who are struggling with decoding are monitored closely and read with on a one to one basis regularly. Questioning by the teacher and group or class discussions deepens children's understanding and children are encouraged to lead "book talk" in groups.
Children are also given opportunities to read independently both in school, and at home. Our home readers are a mixture of scheme books from Oxford Reading Tree and "real books" which have been selecting to interest the children.
We use a cursive style in school from EYFS onwards. Please see the image below and the handwriting policy for extra information.