English

During English lessons we deliver a creative, enjoyable, engaging and interactive approach to learning. Children learn better when they are excited and engaged. We investigate our units which range from poetry, plays, non fiction and fiction and we follow the format of ‘engage, explore and create.’

We use the Accelerated Reader scheme, which is a project which motivates, monitors and manages childrens’ independent reading. It enables pupils to take a quiz after reading a book, which checks their understanding.

EYFS/Key Stage 1

In English we will be focusing on phonic work following our ‘Read, Write, Inc scheme’. Children will also have a weekly ‘Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar’ lesson. Within our writing lessons we use a text and a follow up involving us writing in different genres and developing our early comprehension skills. Our fiction topics for this term are traditional tales and stories about feelings. Within our non- fiction focus we will learn about instructions, lists and recounts. We will also study bedtime poems and poems with an element of fantasy and humour.
The school uses the ‘Read, Write, Inc’ scheme to support the teaching of phonics. Our aim is to develop the children’s phonological awareness, ability to segment and blend words and read tricky words on sight in order to become fluent readers. Daily phonic sessions are delivered in the Reception and Key Stage one class. Teachers use a range of both practical and online resources to promote pupil engagement.

Key Stage 2

All Juniors study a text and learn to write in different genres, linked to the books we are studying.

The genre focus for the Spring Term for Year 3 and 4 is myths and legends, fairy stories and playscripts. Within our non -fiction unit we will study recounts and non chronological reports. We will also learn about list poems and kennings as well as studying poems to perform. In Year 5 and 6 our fiction units will include stories with flashbacks and tales from other cultures. Our non fiction focus will be persuasive writing, non chronological reports and journalistic writing. We will also study free form poetry and classic poems.

We also have weekly spelling, punctuation and grammar sessions which will help improve our individual skills.

Handwriting
The school is now using the scheme ‘Letter join’ to enable children to become confident when joining their handwriting. Lessons begin in the EYFS and continue through to Year 6.