At Ghyllgrove Primary School we follow the National curriculum for English. This is achieved through a daily lesson involving whole class, group and individual work as well as other lessons covering phonics, reading and handwriting.
A wide variety of literature is studied and the children are encouraged to develop their creativity through a range of writing styles. Punctuation and grammar teaching form an integral part of the English teaching.
We follow the Penpals Handwriting Scheme which encourages the development of a clear handwriting style.
Reading and Phonics
The teaching of reading takes place through the structured teaching of phonics. Phonics lessons are taught using the Letters and Sounds Programme of study as well as Jolly Phonics in EYFS and KS1.
Bug Club is used to support the teaching of phonics and promotes reading comprehension at school and home. Children are allocated e-books and are encouraged to read and answer the questions.
In Key stage one guided reading forms one lesson in the English lessons for the week. It gives children the opportunity to learn the mechanics and understanding of reading. Children also complete comprehension questions based on the text they have read.
We use a range of reading schemes which have been levelled to provide continuity and progression in reading skills and which challenges the children. In the Foundation Stage we follow the Early Learning Goals and the work for all children is appropriately challenging. Colour banded books are sent home to be read to an adult at least three times a week, these books are changed weekly. Children will receive a certificate once they move onto a different coloured book band.
As a School we encourage parents and carers to read 3 times a week and record this in the home school diary. In School the number of times children read that week is totalled up and then certificates are given out for every 25 times the children read. This is then displayed in the individual classes.
The school follows the National curriculum for English. This is achieved through English lessons involving whole class, group and individual work as well as other lessons covering spelling, punctuation, grammar and handwriting.
Children practise spellings through a range of activities in class throughout the week as well as taking weekly spellings home to practise each week.