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English

English covers many areas: Spoken language, Reading, Writing, Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation and includes drama and social skills. English skills are also taught though other subjects, e.g. History or RE.

Children are introduced to books as soon as they enter school. We want them to develop a love of reading, as well as to achieve excellent reading skills. Our main reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree, supported by a wide variety of other schemes to provide an individualised reading programme for the children.  This includes the X Project which is really appealing to boys.  Children take books home to share and read with parents. All children use the  School Library and there is a lending library in each year group. Parents help run these.

We teach Phonics from the start to help children develop confidence with word attack skills and to support spelling using the Governments Programme Letters and Sounds. We also have a spelling scheme of work and run regular workshops to enable parents to help their children.

Children are taught to write for a range of purposes, e.g. invitations, letters, lists, in sentences with correct punctuation and learn the importance of correct spelling. The school teaches the ‘Look, Cover, Write, Check’ method of learning spellings. We follow a structured Handwriting Scheme and when children have mastered correct letter formation they are taught how to join the letters. Parent Workshops are provided to help support children at home.

 

Year One

Weeks

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12/14

Autumn

Labels and captions News writing

Handa’s Surprise

Stories with familiar settings

Traditional tales

Non-fiction

History fact files

Instructional writing

Poetry based on senses

Christmas Story

Spring

Literacy from film

Baboon on the moon

Non-fiction Recount and dictionary work

Narrative

Stories from a range of cultures

Predictable and patterned language

The Easter Story

Summer

Non-fiction writing linked to work in science growing topic

Non-fiction writing stories about fantasy worlds, space, super heroes

Poetry Unit Poems based on the seaside

Non-fiction information texts

Non-fiction fact files based on themselves

 

 

Year Two

Weeks

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11/12

13/14

Autumn

Instruction linked to Puppet topic

Traditional tales and tales with a twist

Stories with familiar settings - Dogger

Recounts

Mr Men stories

Christmas Story

Spring

Mr Men

Katie Morag

Non chronological report - Dragons

Work based on a significant author

Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Great Fire of London Diary writing

Recount of School Trip

Summer

Character description

Spelling, grammar and punctuation

Instructions

Riddles

Retelling the Lighthouse Keepers Lunch

English from film The Dangle

Transition Project