English

The school follows the guidance provided by the New National Curriculum for English; this includes Reading, Writing and Spelling Strategies. The teaching of reading begins in Foundation 2 with the teaching of phonics through the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. The children progress through this to the end of Key Stage 1.

Throughout the school ‘Reading workshop’ develops key skills, independence and enjoyment of books. Children read in small groups, with the teacher or teaching assistant focussing on specific reading skills.  In addition children are given an individual reading book or encouraged to choose one from the library to read at home with parents. There are also opportunities for children to be heard read individually in school, Language Interventions are available and delivered by a specialist teacher to develop writing and reading skills.

The continual assessment and moderation of writing focuses on the fiction and non-fiction genres. Evidence of writing is not restricted to English with skill transferred across all areas of the curriculum. Children are encouraged to write fluently and to enjoy their work.  Good pieces of work are often shown in assemblies and shared between classes.