Our teachers are experts at teaching phonics. They use the Read Write Inc system. Phonetical knowledge is built upon using the associated reading scheme in Reception and KS1. Children in EYFS through to the end of the phonics scheme access books from the Read Write Inc scheme. They also choose books for pleasure from the school library. Reading records are regularly checked and ensure parental involvement.
When ready, children in Year 2 and KS2 will enter the Accelerated Reader programme.
In KS2 every class has 30 minutes of reading time. Once a week they have a guided reading session.
Quality text is utilised in the English sequence of learning. Children learn the higher order reading skills and are given opportunities to learn Tier 2 vocabulary.
In daily English lessons, reading and writing are closely linked to the children’s History and Geography work and we continue to maintain this strong cross-curricular focus.
Knowledge and skills are built upon as children progress through the school years. The two weekly teaching sequence - Explore > Design > Draft > Evaluate > Publish – is consistently applied across KS1 and KS2.
Children develop into confident writers. By the end of KS2 they have the skills needed to write coherently and accurately in a range of genres, adapting their style to suit the audience. They are able to write their ideas clearly and fluently. They have knowledge of grammar conventions to enable them to write successfully. They develop a wide vocabulary. They have the necessary skills for transcription (handwriting and spelling) and composition.