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 stories in familiar settings and stories involving fantasy. Within our non- fiction focus we will learn about labels, lists, signs and posters and information texts. We will also study silly poems and list 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 Autumn Term for Year 3 and 4 is fable stories and historical stories Within our non -fiction unit we will study instructions and explanations and information texts. We will also learn about creating images in our poetry study and learn about poetic form and syllabic poems. In Year 5 and 6 our fiction units will include historical stories and significant authors.. Our non fiction focus will be recounts and instructions and explanations. We will also study choral or performance poetrty and narrative poems.
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.