English

Our English Vision

Igniting a passion for literature and developing writers for the real world.  



Our Principles of English Teaching

We know that great English happens in our school when…

·       Children are writing for real audiences and purposes.

·       Children are motivated to write and strive to achieve their best through editing and redrafting.

·       Children present their ideas in a variety of ways and do so with pride.

·       Children enjoy reading a variety of genres written by a variety of authors.

·       Children complete varied tasks of achievable but challenging difficulty. 

In Key Stage 1, we follow 'Letters and Sounds' as our Phonics programme and pupils are grouped for these sessions according to need. Phonics is taught daily for 20 minutes, covering all phases within the programme.


What is Letters and Sounds?

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource which was published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as preparing children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. There are six overlapping phases.




Reading in Key Stage 1
The Key Stage One Reading Scheme is made up of coloured bookbands which children move through as they progress in reading. We benchmark children each half term to assess which bookband the children should be accessing. The "reading expectations" document below explains which colours should be read in each year group.



Reading in Key Stage 2
Once the children have completed the bookband reading scheme, they move onto the Accelerated Reader system. In order to foster a love of reading and to ensure that children meet a range of text styles, the reading scheme is vast.
Publishers/schemes include: PEARSON, Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat, PM Benchmark, Project X and a mix of individually levelled books.
If you'd like to check whether a book you have at home is on the Accelerated Reader system, use the link below. The "reading expectations" document below also explains which level children should be reading in each year group.
 


http://www.arbookfind.co.uk/UserType.aspx 

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