We believe that the development of the skills of reading writing, speaking and listening are fundamental to all learning, and that the ability to communicate effectively in speech and writing is a necessary skill for life.
English is taught both as a discrete subject and through cross-curricular topics. This helps children to appreciate the relevance of their literacy learning.
The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
The national curriculum for English aims for all pupils to: -
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently,
We teach Grammar and Punctuation weekly and allow the children opportunities to apply new rules to their writing across the curriculum.
Writing is assessed using the following criteria:
Spelling is assessed according to the application of the segmentation of words phonetically in their spelling and the correct spelling of the Year 1 and 2 common exception words.
We aim to foster a lifelong love of reading through all its different forms. Phonics teaching begins in Nursery and continues into Year 2 and we teach phonics through Letters and Sounds via PhonicsPlay.
A wide range of activities, along with an emphasis on phonics is used to teach children to read and as soon as they can read with a degree of fluency, they are encouraged to read from as wide a range of texts as possible. Through guided reading, children are questioned and encouraged to explore a variety of texts to deepen their understanding and inference. We recommend that children read and share books every day at home.
Please find below some materials and websites that may be useful:
Teacher assessment of children is ongoing. Teachers plan lessons whilst taking into consideration the observations of children and assessment of their independent work.
A statutory Phonics Screening is carried out in the Summer term in Year 1. Children are assessed in Year 2 by Reading and Maths SATS, however writing is assessed throughout the year in order to provide an overall score at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2).