English Lead: Mrs Sarah Owen
From Reception to Year 2, children follow the Song of Sounds phonics programme. Spelling patterns, rather than traditional lists, are taught within class and set homework activities follow the investigative approach, allowing children to develop their skills in applying their knowledge of spelling. In addition, the children learn the list of words found in the Spelling Appendix from the National Curriculum for their year group. In KS1, weekly dictation activities consolidate the spelling patterns of the week.
KS2 uses words from the National Curriculum 2014 Spelling Appendix and topic based words. Weekly spelling patterns are explored and a range of learned and unseen words are tested the following week. Time is allocated for weekly testing of spellings. Proof-reading, editing and redrafting are also focus skills.
Children have the opportunity to choose reading books from a carefully selected range of books within their own classroom. The books are rotated regularly to ensure the children have exposure to as many high quality texts as possible.
A range of reading schemes are used within the school including those listed below: