English

Our Essential Characteristics of Writers

• The ability to write fluently and with interesting detail on a number of topics throughout the curriculum.
• A vivid imagination which makes readers engage with and enjoy their writing.
• A highly developed vocabulary and an excellent knowledge of writing techniques to extend details or description.
• Well-organised and structured writing, which includes a variety of sentence structures.
• Excellent transcription skills that ensure their writing is well presented and punctuated, spelled correctly and neat.
• A love of writing and an appreciation of its educational, cultural and entertainment values.

Our Essential Characteristics of Readers

• Excellent phonic knowledge and skills.
• Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.
• Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary.
• An excellent comprehension of texts.
• The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.
• Extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts.

Our Essential Characteristics of Communicators

• An exceptional talent for listening attentively so as to understand what is being said. 
• A rich and varied vocabulary that gives clarity and interest to conversations.
• Clear speech that can be easily understood by a range of audiences.
• An excellent grasp of the rules used in English conversation, such as tenses and the grammatical structure of sentences.
• A highly developed ability to tell stories that capture the interest and imagination of the audience.
• A delight in initiating and joining in conversations.
• Respect for others when communicating, even when views differ.

Phonics

All children in Early Years and KS1 have daily phonics lessons. We use The Little Wandle scheme of work. There are some videos below of how we teach phonics using this scheme. 

At the end of Y1, all children take a phonics screening test.  Please look at the Parents Information page ‘Statutory tests’ for further details. If they do not reach the required pass mark in Y1, they take the test again at the end of Y2.

Here are the guides that have been published so far on the Little Wandle website: 

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Reading

Children participate in Guided Reading activities in class on a regular basis.  During this time, they either read with a teacher, read independently or practise our VIPERS reading skills:

Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explaining, Retrieval and Summarise (KS2) / Sequencing (KS1). 

Every child is given a home reading book in addition to the books they read in class.  As part of their homework tasks, they are expected to read at least five times a week (including weekends).  Ideally, we’d like you to read with your child every day, even when their reading becomes more fluent. As well as reading their reading scheme book, we’re happy if they read books you may have at home, or non-fiction items such as magazines, football programmes etc. 

After children have completed the Little Wandle phonics books, they will move on to the reading scheme ‘Collins Big Cat.’ These are banded books at a higher level and help to ensure the children are reading a book well-matched to their capabilities. These books cover both non-fiction and fiction, aswell as covering many of the curriculum topics covered in school, further reinforcing knowledge and skills. 

Oxford Owl and Get epic are great websites which have hundreds of free e-books for your child to read.  All children have been given a log in but please ask the class teacher if you need a reminder.

Writing

All classes follow set texts each half term, which are often based on the topics we are studying. Every class also studies poetry and the children learn how to write poems in different styles. Grammar is taught alongside writing so children can apply these skills straight away to various genres of writing. 

One of our favourite websites is http://www.pobble365.com, where children are encouraged to use a picture as a stimulus for their writing.  We also enjoy using the films on https://www.literacyshed.com to inspire us with our writing.

All children complete independent pieces of writing regularly.  These are collected in a writing tracking book, which follows the child through the school. 

We also have Spelling Shed https://play.spellingshed.com, which will help your child to learn all of the spellings they need to know each year.  Please see your child’s teacher or send us a message on Class Dojo if you would like a reminder of your child’s username and password.  The game can be played on a computer or hand-held device. 

Please see below for more information about what is taught each term in each class.

Handwriting

Here’s how we teach children to form letters. The bottom one is used in Reception to teach children how to form individual letters. The top one is introduced in KS1 and is used throughout KS2.  Please see your child’s teacher if you have any questions about handwriting. 

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Long Term Plans
Here are links to our long-term plans. It shows what is covered in each class, each term. We work on a two-year cycle so you will see that all objectives from both year groups are covered throughout these two years. Teachers adapt tasks to make it accessible for all children, complying with the Equality Act 2010 and the SEND regulations 2014. Please ask Mrs McDermott if you would like further information regarding this.

Phonics Curriculum Statement

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How you can help at home

Supporting your child with reading

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.

There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:

A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently. This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading. Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.

A sharing book.  Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together. In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together. Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!

The videos on this page show parents how we teach your child specific aspects of phonics in class.

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