Our English lessons are now based around texts. We will link other parts of the curriculum to our text too. In KS1 the children may look at more than one text each half term.
In years 1 and 2 they cover a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry work.
Children are also taught Phonics daily following the Letters and Sounds programme. These sessions will move on to a spelling focus in year 2, following the No Nonsense scheme.
Children also have separate Guided Reading sessions or a whole class reading session where they are taught comprehension skills.
Three handwriting sessions will take place each week.
Children will cover a variety of narrative, non-fiction and poetry based on their chosen text each half term.
Each class will have five spelling sessions over 2 weeks following the No Nonsense Spelling scheme and handwriting sessions where needed.
Weekly whole class reading sessions also take place.
Reading and Phonics
Children are encouraged to develop a love for reading from a very early age. Every morning the whole school is involved in DEaR time (Drop Everything and Read) where children and adults spend time enjoying reading a book of their choice.
We have a variety of reading schemes that we use in school for Home Reading, which include The Oxford Reading Tree (Kipper stories and Songbirds), Project X, Rigby, Collins Big Cat and Ginn. For Guided Reading in school we use Oxford Reading Tree. All these are book banded according to colours which progress as: lilac, pink, red, yellow, blue, green, orange, turquoise, purple, gold, white, lime, brown, grey, dark blue, dark red, black. Once children are reading fluently they have the choice of a variety of books from different authors and on fiction and non-fiction topics.
In our phonics lessons we use the Letters and Sounds programme. When teaching the sounds, we are also teaching the children the Jolly Phonics Actions.
We follow the No Nonsense Spelling Programme from Year 2-6. In Year 2, lessons are taught daily and there are five sessions over two weeks in Years 3-6.