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
- The teaching of reading takes place through weekly guided reading lessons which teach explicit reading and comprehension skills.
- Bug Club is used to promote reading comprehension at home. Children are allocated e-books and are encouraged to read and answer the questions.
- The school uses reading books that are banded by colour, in accordance to the child’s reading age and understanding of the texts, which the children take home.
- A wide variety of literature is studied within English lessons and across the curriculum. Within each year group books form the basis of English planning which encourage the children to develop their creativity through a range of writing styles.
- Children learn key writing skills in each year group and have a clear idea of the skills they will need to include in their writing each term and by the end of the year.
- Speaking and listening activities are used to help structure children’s ideas before writing and to build confidence in these areas.
- Punctuation and grammar teaching form an integral part of the English teaching and basic skills sessions are used to practise and embed these key skills.
- We follow the Nelson Handwriting Scheme which encourages the development of a clear joined handwriting style.