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 'Read, Write Inc' 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 Read, Write, Inc?

Read Write Inc. Phonics is a literacy programme developed by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press. It is taught in over 5000 schools in the United Kingdom, making it the country's most popular way for children to learn to read using phonics.

In the programme children learn sounds and the letters that represent them, and how to form the letters. Then, they read books written using only the letters they have learnt (and a small number of separately taught 'tricky words'). This gives the children plenty of early success and builds up their reading confidence.

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.

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