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English

English programmes of study follow the National Curriculum. All children are taught English skills directly and then apply these skills across a range of cross-curricular contexts. A link to the National Curriculum is below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335133/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_220714.pdf

Phonics

In Early Years and Key Stage 1 we have a rigorous approach to Phonics Teaching.  Children work in small groups with precisely targeted support.  We use 'Read, Write, Inc.' to inform our planning and assessment is continuous. A link to the Read, Write, Inc website is below:

http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/read-write-inc-programmes/phonics/

Reading 

We develop reading at every stage. We recognise the importance of early reading and how interested, motivated reader often become the best writers. We listen to readers in school and support parents to read at home too. We encourage children by sharing books they will enjoy. It is important to recognise that once children can decode the words confidently, that the focus switches to comprehension, ensure the children have fully understood what they have read. Here we carefully question children to encourage them to recount, predict, interpret and understand the text they have read. In class we choose books which are challenging, carefully checking children have understood the text before moving on. We find this is a valuable way to extend vocabulary and introduce new literary concepts.

In November we replaced the phonics and early reading scheme, to ensure the books were current, engaging and fully phonically decodable. Below are some resources to help parents choose books their children will love. There are suggestions of different types of books for each year group, progression in different story types from KS1 to KS2 and beyond, a 'tube map' of suggested books based on popular topics (KS1) and authors (KS2) as well as an inclusive selection which address issues from bereavement to asylum seekers to autism to different family structures. We aim to have many of these books in school and available to borrow. Please let us know if you find them useful.

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