The English curriculum is vast and incorporates; spoken language, reading (including phonics), writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar(SPAG) and handwriting.
Reading is taught daily. Phonics is the teaching of the sounds each of the letters of the alphabet make and the combination and blending of these sounds are the early stages of reading. We teach our children to read using a ‘pure sounds’ approach which follows the government’s ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. We teach phonics using a ‘stage not age’ approach and therefore your child will be taught at their own level in small groups and not in a class group. Daily phonics lessons are taught in Reception and Key Stage 1 classes.
In addition, your child will develop other reading skills such as; fluency, comprehension, an understanding of a writer’s style and the vocabulary they use, critical thinking and discussion skills. These skills are taught through a mixture of whole class and guided reading sessions throughout school. Phonics is not taught as a separate daily lesson in Key Stage 2. Our plans include opportunities for your child to read both to gather information and for pleasure.
Your child will be given a reading book to take home to practise their reading skills. Your child’s class teacher will not use this ‘home reader’ in school as we feel that it causes confusion when the story is interrupted and involves too many people. Your child’s home reader is intended for them to ‘practise’ the skills of reading that have been taught in class. We use different texts to teach reading in school that are linked to the identified teaching objectives. The school will also provide a reading diary for you to record your child’s progress. Please ensure your child’s reading book and diary are in school every day. The diary is important for you to communicate with your child’s teacher about their reading. We will review your child’s reading diary weekly and we ask that you read with your child and sign their reading record at least once a week in order to support their learning and maximise their potential. There is also a reading reward scheme in school that is linked to your weekly signature.
Your child will be given the opportunity to write daily as part of their English lessons. They will be taught to write for a range of purposes and audiences. They will be given opportunities to write for ‘real-life’ purposes and will be taught how to spell, use grammar and punctuation as appropriate. We also teach your child how to form letters correctly and develop a neat, joined, fluent handwriting style as they progress through Elmore Green Primary School.
At Elmore Green Primary School we follow the National Curriculum Programmes of Study, which can be found here.
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