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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.

 

Reading
We use a variety of Reading Schemes including Rigby Star, Phonics Bug and Oxford Reading Tree.

Writing

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. 

Reading

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 

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