We believe that English skills should be embedded throughout the curriculum and 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.
We use a variety of Reading Schemes including Rigby Star, Phonics Bug and Oxford Reading Tree.
Teachers plan units of learning that are based around sustained pupil exposure to high quality text/stimulus. This captures pupils' interests, excites their imagination and sustains their engagement over an extended time frame. Progression is planned so that pupil knowledge and understanding of different genre is built up over time.
Phonics & Spelling
We place great importance on the teaching of phonics. EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 use the ‘Letters and Sounds' programme. We use the National Curriculum 2014 as a resource, to ensure progression across the teaching of spelling.
Grammar and Punctuation
We use the National Curriculum as a resource, this 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 coloured book bands, 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 select books from our Developers and Challengers range.
Our whole school Reading Challenge rewards children with certificates for the amount of times they read either at home or at school. They can achieve the following certificates:
Emerald 10 reads
Sapphire 25 reads
Ruby 50 reads
Bronze 75 reads
Silver 100 reads
Gold 150 reads
Super Reader 200 reads