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All classrooms have an interactive English Working Wall which is used to support learning.
In Early Years children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum(EYFS)
This is made up of 7 areas of learning.
The areas linked to Literacy are:-
- Communication and Language (C&L)
- Literacy (Reading and Writing)
In Key Stage One and Two, children follow the National Curriculum.
The National Curriculum divides English into:
- word reading
- comprehension (both listening and reading).
Children in Early Years and Key Stage One are encouraged to take their reading books home each night to share with their parents/carers. This is known as Home/School Reading.
At Key Stage Two, children are encouraged to read widely, and to discuss and write about the books they have read with increasing perception. Parents can provide valuable assistance with this development process. All the children in Key Stage Two have a home reading record. The children also have yellow in school reading record which is used for independent school reading and 1:1 reading sessions.
KS1 Reading Schemes
In Early Years we introduce letters and sounds and books that the children can read themselves. The reading scheme we use is: Oxford Reading Tree
These books help the children to build on the phonics work that they complete in class each day.
Key Stage One
In Key Stage One, the good work in Early Years is continued. Reading is taught through:
Guided reading - is 'small-group reading instruction designed to provide differentiated teaching that supports children in developing reading proficiency'. The small group model allows children to be taught in a way that is intended to be more focused on their specific needs, accelerating their progress. Children will progress from this to completing whole class reading sessions during Year 2.
Individual reading- children read their reading book one to one with an adult.
There is also still a strong emphasis on phonics (letters and sounds)
The main reading scheme that is used in school is Oxford Reading Tree.
KS2 Reading Schemes:
In Key Stage 2, the children take part in a whole class reading each morning between 9:00 and 9:30am. The children record their work in a reading activities book. These reading sessions consist of a range of question types including:
- retrieval and inference
- true and false
- similar words
- meanings of words
Individual reading- children read their reading book one to one with an adult. This takes place during assembly times or after lunch time.
- punctuation and grammar
All classes from Year 1 - Year 6 have adopted the book-led writing curriculum.
Spelling, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation
Grammar and punctuation is taught within writing sessions. Children are taught specific grammar/punctuation tterms and apply these to their written work. Grammar and punctuation terminology is introduced in different year groups . A glossary of all the grammar and punctuation terms used within the primary school curriculum can be downloaded by clicking on the link.
Children at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) and Key Stage 2 (Year 6) sit a spelling, grammar and punctuation test.
Children are provided with age appropriate spellings to learn each week and the children are tested upon these spellings. We follow the Oxford Owl scheme which allows for spelling practice in school everyday.
In school we follow LCP Phonics and Letters and Sounds.