Phonics and Spelling
The children in early years, key stage 1 and some children in key stage 2 are taught phonics in small differentiated groups every day for 20 minutes. We follow the letters and sounds program and make the learning as active as possible to best fit the needs of the children. We use the phonics play website for a lot of interactive games and learning tools.
Most of the children in key stage 2 are following the support for spelling program suitable for their year group. This is also taught in smaller groups at the same time as phonics in key stage 1 to allow for all staff movement.
We have a dedicated 20 minute reading slot each day where the children may read independently, with an adult or share their books with their peers. The children may choose to read either their reading scheme book, chosen from the Oxford reading tree program, or a 'real'book which has been levelled so we know it is appropriate for the child's reading stage.
It is vital that the children bring in their reading books each day whether they have read at home or not.
The children are also heard reading in small guided reading reading groups each week. We have a range of reading schemes for these sessions including Floppy's Phonics, Project X and Rigby Star books.
Are you looking for inspiring books for your children but don't know where to start? Take a look at the booklists on this link to the Booktrust website.
We have a whole text approach to our English lessons. This means we choose a book that is whenever possible linked to our topic and use this to teach the appropriate year group objectives and skills that the children need. Please see the overview below to find out what is happening in each year group.