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. Every Friday we use ‘The Power of reading’ project and study books. Our follow up to the book involves us writing in different genres and developing our early comprehension skills. Our fiction topics for this term are fairy stories and classic contemporary fiction. Within our non- fiction focus we will learn about letters and information texts. We will also study poems on a theme eg. ‘The Sea’ and traditional poems.
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 are taking part in ‘The Power of Reading project’ and we write in different genres linked to the books we are studying.
The genre focus for the Summer Term for Year 3 and 4 is adventure stories. Within our non -fiction unit we will study persuasive writing and non- chronological reports. We will also learn about traditional poems such as ‘going to the fair’ by Charles Causley and shape poems such as ‘I like this poem’ by Kaye Webb. In Year 5 and 6 our fiction units will include classic novels and science fiction. Our non fiction focus will be persuasive writing and non chronological reports. We will also study debate poetrty, poetry that tells a story and the power of imagery.
We also have weekly spelling, punctuation and grammar sessions which will help improve our individual skills.
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.