English

At our school we are passionate about Reading and the pleasure it can bring. Every classroom has its own designated book area which is comfortable and inviting and includes a range of different books including fiction, non fiction and poetry. We ensure the children have visits from ‘real authors’ and take part in the Aspatria school’s book/ poetry quiz.

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 a child’s independent reading. It enables pupils to take a quiz after reading a book, which checks their understanding.

Speaking and Listening is central to our curriculum and is developed from EYFS throughout our school, across the curriculum. We nurture children’s speaking and listening skills through a variety of approaches: exploratory play, story time, hot seating and collaborative learning within subjects. We develop these skills so our children are capable of expressing their own ideas clearly and confidently in a safe and supportive environment.

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 from other cultures and humorous stories. Within our non- fiction focus we will learn about letters and information texts. We will also study poems to say aloud and poems by the same author.
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

The genre focus for the Summer Term for Year 3 and 4 is stories with humour and stories from other cultures. Within our non -fiction unit we will study persuasive writing and chronological reports. We will also learn about nonsense poems and learning poetry by heart.

In Year 5 and 6 our fiction units will include classic fiction and modern classic fiction. Our non fiction focus will be chronological reports and information texts. We will also complete a poet study and look at dialogue 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 when children can form their letters correctly and continue through to Year 6.