English is a core subject in the National Curriculum and is a vital part of all children’s educational experience. High priority is given to all three key areas of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing.
Children are encouraged to listen carefully to others and to speak clearly and confidently in discussion, drama and role play activities. From a young age, we are committed to developing the children’s phonic awareness, their understanding of spelling and their awareness of sentence structure. Please see attached phonics presentation given to parents for more information on this. Our reading books are organised in accordance with Book Bands. Information on Phonics
A strong emphasis is placed on reading for pleasure and for information. Daily reading experiences are provided in literacy sessions through shared and guided reading and this is supported by the use of a structured reading scheme. A reading card enables pupils, parents and teachers to record and celebrate reading progress. See Helping your child with reading
Children are encouraged to communicate clearly and confidently in written form, using a variety of styles and to develop a neat and legible cursive handwriting style. We aim to make both writing and reading a pleasurable experience for all children, by making links to other areas of the curriculum and, therefore, providing opportunities for creativity. A high standard of spelling, punctuation and grammar is set and all children are encouraged to write freely from Reception onwards in order to develop confidence and imagination. Good examples of writing are celebrated through display and opportunities to read work aloud to others.
The phonic scheme we follow in Key Stage 1 is called ‘Letter and Sounds’. Examples of some reading schemes that we currently use are Collins Big Cats, Rigby Star, Alphablocks and Oxford Reading Tree.