English and Phonics
English KS1 presentation
In English it is our aim for all children to become confident articulate speakers, fluent and expressive readers with a high level of comprehension and a love of reading, and independent and effective writers who are able to write for a variety of purposes.
In Nursery children are immersed in Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds which are broken into 7 aspects. These aspects provide children with a firm foundation on which to build throughout their Reception year.
From the start of Reception we teach daily phonics using Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics and Bug Club and to provide a clear and strong progression in Phonics, Spelling and Grammar that enables children to feel successful as readers and writers at whatever stage.
We use a phonic level reading books and a banded system for both Home Readers and Guided Reading sessions where children can choose from a variety of genres that help to develop an understanding and love for fiction, non fiction and poetry. This is underpinned by our whole school approach - Learning To Read and Reading to Learn.
We foster a love of reading through daily story times and celebrating books, authors and stories in our reading areas. We encourage children to share and recommend books that they have enjoyed in school and at home.
In Writing throughout the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 we focus on planning for meaningful and purposeful opportunities for children to develop as writers. We use the Fab 5, Story Telling actions and Reflect and Grow to help support and develop secure understanding of sentence structures and composition, where children are confident to read their writing aloud and self edit when necessary. We believe that Talk is fundamental to our learning and we encourage drama, role play and debating when appropriate.
Time to celebrate
We celebrate children’s efforts through Learning to Learn Awards, our Bird themed spelling certificates and our Rainbow handwriting certificates. We promote the love of poetry throughout the curriculum and come together to share and explore our favourite poems fortnightly in Poetry assembly.
Structure of weekly timetable:
- Daily Phonics, Spelling and Grammar session - 20 mins
- Guided reading 2 x a week
- Handwriting session 1 x a week
- Daily opportunity to apply writing skills linked to topic where appropriate.
If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact Sophie Hunt Subject Leader for English.