English within our school focuses around a text-led approach that correlates with the topics that we teach within school. As a school, we find that this cross-curricular approach really engages our learners and makes it purposeful to them. With the introduction of the new curriculum, we are in the process of evaluating criteria for reading and writing and are committed to ensuring that our children are achieving their full potential in English, in order to transfer these skills to the rest of the curriculum.
Within our English lessons the children experience direct class teaching covering word level, sentence level and text level work, through which they develop a range of reading and writing skills. They read shared texts collectively during this time, which include fiction, non-fiction and poetry books. Talk for writing is a focal part of our English lessons throughout school, ensuring that our children are talking about their learning, rehearsing and reciting sentences in readiness for writing.
The children work independently on a range of different tasks. Teachers and support staff work with specific groups on guided reading and writing during the day.
Throughout school we follow a structured phonics programme, which combines elements of Jolly phonics and Letters and Sounds. This is assessed rigorously throughout school and once the children are secure with Phase 6, they move on to Year group spellings which are differentiated according to ability.
We follow the Cursive script for Handwriting, which is taught consistently throughout the school. The policy was updated in September and the impact is very evident through the presentation of pupil's work.
Our school has a library, where Big books, guided reading books and loan books are available for the children to use. This ensures that children have a range of reading material available to them. The school has recently purchased new books for the library, which is encouraging children to read for enjoyment.