English is taught both as a separate and a cross-curricular subject. Pupils in both key stages have time-tabled English lessons.
A structured reading scheme (the Oxford Reading Tree) is used in Key stage 1. Pupils are also given, and encouraged to share, a wide variety of supplementary reading material. The school has a home-school reading record for pupils from Reception to Year 2 which is monitored regularly and summarised each half-term. In Key stage 2 pupils follow individual programmes and keep reviews which are monitored and assessed by their class teacher. Every pupil in Key stage 2 is assessed annually for reading comprehension and fluency and parents are informed of their progress via pupils’ annual reports.
Speaking & Listening
Developing pupil’s confidence in speaking & listening through planned independent, group, class and whole school activities is fundamental to pupils making good progress in academic, personal and social skills. Teachers assess pupil’s levels of fluency and external support or further group work is provided for pupils who need to develop their concentration, comprehension or speech and language skills.
Handwriting & Presentation
Pupils are taught the Basic Modern Hand (Jarman) and high standards of presentation are positively encouraged from all pupils. Pupils in Key stage 2 are encouraged to write in ink and those pupils who experience difficulties with letter formation are set specific practical exercises.
Pupils are taught phonic blends in the Early Years Foundation Stage matched systematically with the school's reading programme. All teachers use the Jolly Phonics Programme in Key Stage 1. Pupils in Years 1 and 2 are taught a programme of sound and letter blends and spelling patterns and are encouraged to use the 'look, cover, write, check and remember' method. Pupils in Key Stage 2 follow a scheme of work based on the National Strategy targets for developing spelling, grammar and punctuation.
At the Foundation Stage and in Key Stage 1, teaching is planned to encourage pupils to express their thoughts. Support is organised in a range of ways to help pupils to record their views and observations. As pupils progress, they are encouraged to make use of simple word banks and dictionaries to promote and develop free-writing skills. Punctuation and rules for spelling and grammar are introduced as soon as pupils are ready. At Key stage 2, pupils are taught to write for a variety of purposes and develop their skills in organising work through planning, revising, and extending their vocabulary and comprehension skills. Each pupil is assessed annually in line with Primary English level criteria.
English Curriculum Grids