English

The English National curriculum is split into 4 strands:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spoken language
  • Spelling, punctuation and Grammar

We are really excited to be involved in the ‘Primary Writing Project’. Throughout the project we are enhancing the strategies we use to teach the different strands of the English National Curriculum. The ‘Primary Writing Project’ makes use of the ‘talk4writing’ approach developed by Pie Corbett.

In one half term the children will work through a unit containing, drama, story writing, non-fiction writing and poetry. Throughout the half term they will be taught the skills they need to enhance their reading and writing.

Phonics

 

Phonics is taught daily across the school. The children are taught the sounds used in the English language. These skills are then used to support children’s writing and reading of unfamiliar words. Phonics sessions are 20 minutes long and will consist of the children practising the use of the sounds learnt through interactive and hands on activities.

The links here will give you an understanding of how to support your child with pronouncing the sounds and blending.

Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl – YouTube

Phonics: How to blend sounds to read words | Oxford Owl – YouTube

 

At the end of year 1 all children will take the staturtory phonics screening check. For more information click on the link below.

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/at-school/primary-school-assessment-tests/year-1-phonics-screening-check/

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/blog/preparing-for-the-phonics-screening-check/

 

For phonics fun follow this link:

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Reading

Reading is one of the most valuable skills your child can develop, having multiple uses in their daily lives, both now and as they grow up. In school we develop your child’s reading skills through both guided reading sessions and 1:1 reading. We are also keen to nurture our young people on their journey towards being keen, avid readers for pleasure. We do this through allowing the children time to access the library and select their own books to take home, providing time for them to access and read books independently during school hours and sharing a story with them at the end of every day.

You can help your child on their journey through sharing books with them as often as possible. This can mean them reading to you, but more importantly you sharing and reading materials with them, this could be the latest football report, an interesting magazine article about an animal they are interested in, or THAT picture book that they love to hear you read again, and again, and again!

Bug Club

To support your children’s reading  and phonics, we use ‘Bug Club’. ‘Bug Club’ is a website that can be accessed, at home and in school, from an I-pad or a computer. The children are allocated e-books by their class teacher in line with the schools reading scheme. For each book your child reads they can earn reward tokens to spend in their reward centre.