English covers different genres of fiction and non fiction writing, as well as speaking and listening, reading, grammar, spelling and handwriting. In Class 1 pupils take part in daily phonics sessions. We follow the Letters and Sounds model for phonics , which gives the children building blocks for their future reading, writing and spelling work. We also use resources from Phonics Play and Jolly Phonics.
We use a number of reading schemes such as Oxford Reading Tree,Rigby Star and Dandelion Launchers which link to the coloured book band system. Children's books for home reading are selected by individual children with the support of staff, thus ensuring that a wide range of genres is covered and that the reading material is of an appropriate level. In key stage 2 pupils then move onto free reading but are still monitored and supported by staff.
At the beginning of each term parents/carers are supplied with an overview of the topics to be covered. Parents/carers are given regular updates on pupils’ learning via the fortnightly newsletter.