We believe that literacy skills should be embedded throughout the curriculum and with this in mind, we strive to ensure that they are woven into all aspects of learning. This cross-curricular approach enables the children to write for a real purpose and to make links between subjects.
As of September 2014, our school follows the National Curriculum 2014 for English. Each Year group follows their Programme of Study. The English Overviews below, set out the learning for each year group. Please ask your child’s teacher, should you require more information. You will also find more information in the Curriculum Webs.
Phonics & Spelling
We place great importance on the teaching of phonics. Reception and Key Stage 1 use the ‘Jolly Phonics’ approach, which combines actions with sounds and visual representations. As children progress through Year 1 and 2, they move on to learning spelling rules. This continues into Key Stage 2.
We use the National Curriculum 2014 to ensure progression across the teaching of spelling. In Years 2-6, we follow the No Nonsense spelling programme to deliver the spelling curriculum. We also place emphasis on the learning of common exception words as set out in Appendix 1 of the English curriculum.
Grammar and Punctuation
The National Curriuculum sets out the learning for all year groups in relation to grammar and punctuation.
Our school uses a range of texts to support the teaching of reading. For early readers, we use a phonic-based scheme called Phonic Bug. As the children become more confident readers, they progress through our ‘colour’ books, according to their reading development. These texts include those from the ‘Rigby Star’ scheme. When we feel they have achieved a good level of decoding and comprehension skills, children become’ free readers’ and select from a wide range of age-appropriate books. The following lists may help guide your selection of books at home :
Assessment in English
We use the Lighthouse Schools Partnership KPIs to assess our children in reading and writing. The children are assessed using a secure fit model.