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English and Literacy

All children have a time tabled session of English every day. Children’s love and understanding of reading is developed through our use of the CLPE Power of Reading and DPiL (Dramatic Progress in Writing) initiatives at Key Stage 1 and 2. The principles of teaching and learning in English are simple; we spend a significant amount of time exploring a single text so that children can really understand and enjoy it. Children are also given a wide range of opportunities to respond to these texts and express themselves in writing, such as creative pieces, letters and reports. Children in Key Stages 1 and 2 follow 2014 National Curriculum learning outcomes using “real” texts as a focus for their writing.

Phonics:

In Key Stage 1, children have a daily phonics session where they follow the Letters and Sounds Programme. We also use Jolly Phonics to engage and enthuse children with a multi-sensory approach to reading and spelling. All children are expected to read at home at least five times per week and are encouraged to join and use the local library.

Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary:

Children are taught transcription skills both discretely and as part of their literacy lessons. We aim to make learning about language fun and engaging and we use a range of activities and resources including, Grammar and Spelling Bug.

Spelling

We teach children to spell using a range of strategies. We pay attention to sounds, pattern and shape, as well as encouraging the child to develop observation and memory. Children are encouraged to explore and “have a go” with spelling. They must also become accurate, so that spelling is an automatic activity. We use Grammar and Spelling Bug to support children’s learning. Children may be asked to learn spellings within the same word family or pattern of words, or to learn specific words that are often misspelled in their work. Key Stage 2 children will use dictionaries to look at the origins of some English words.

Handwriting

We follow the Nelson Handwriting scheme and our aim is to have all children using cursive (“joined up”) writing by Year 3. Handwriting is taught and practised at least twice a week. Children use handwriting books and lined paper.