We follow the National Curriculum for English. Synthetic phonics are taught systematically in Early Years and Key Stage 1 following the Letters and Sounds phases. Children progress through banded reading books starting with phonics heavy bands in EYFS and progressing towards longer chapter books in Year 6. Children are also given the opportunity to choose a book for pleasure from our library. Comprehension skills are taught through whole class Guided Reading sessions with a focus on specific areas using high quality stimulating texts. Teachers model how to answer a variety of question styles and children are given opportunity each week to put these skills into practice through independent comprehension sessions.
Handwriting is taught daily using the PenPals for Writing handwriting scheme which gives a clear progression through five developmental stages: physical preparation for handwriting; securing correct letter formation; beginning to join along, securing the joins and practicing speed, fluency and developing a personal style. Grammar, and punctuation are taught daily within English lessons. Spelling is taught using the No Nonsense Spelling programme which focuses not only on specific words linked to DfE statutory word lists for each year group but also on spelling strategies to help children spell unknown words with confidence.
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