English


English is the base on which every other subject builds. Learning English means learning to communicate through reading, writing, speaking and listening - and doing it well requires a huge range of skills.

To help speed-up our progress in reading, spelling and phonics (in particular), we use the Read Write Inc programme from Nursery to Year 2. Every day, children are taught in small groups, alongside others who are at the same phonics or spelling level as them, in addition to whole-class English teaching. They focus on specific sounds each day, and read and write texts which include only the sounds they know - so that everyone can read, write and spell with confidence, making rapid progress as a result. 

Our approach to writing is built around the principles of the Primary Writing Project and Talk for Writing, using learnt-texts, shared writing and an 'imitation, innovation, invention' process that we follow in English throughout the school. You can find out more about all this in our Writing Policy.  

We also prise reading particularly highly (as shown by the enthusiasm with which our entire school community engaged with both our Reading Week and World Book Day). Throughout the school, we work our way through a levelled reading scheme, which follows the OUP Levels numbering system, but also includes a wide and varied selection of books from other publishers and sources. You can find out more about our approach in our Reading Policy.

"The teaching of phonics is a strength of the school. As a result ... reading progress is good in key stage 1."

Ofsted report, 2018

Reading skills:

We have grouped the skills required to be a ‘good’ reader into six key areas. To support us in understanding the skills we are being taught, practicing and using, each of these is then linked to a corresponding character.

  • Rex Retriever - scanning the text for evidence, finding key information, using tables, charts and titles, spotting changes in place and time.    
  • Dood Detective - explaining why characters say and do things, recognising how they change through a story and relating texts to our own experiences.  
  • Penny Predictor - suggesting what might happen next, based on clues in the text and our knowledge of the characters and genre. 
  • Vinny Vocab - working out what new words mean and suggesting why the author has chosen them.
  • Stevie Summariser - retelling stories in our own words, picking out the key ideas, events or facts.
  • Ansa Analyser - explaining how texts are structured or organised, and comparing texts with a common theme.
This term's learning

Year 2 - Hedgehog class have learnt the story Where the Wild Things Are, thinking about the language and the way Max's feelings change through the story. They finished off by writing their own versions of the story.

 

Year 3 and 4Badger class started off the term by exploring the story of Rosie Revere Engineer. It inspired them to think about how they learn, how you become great at something and how important it is to be ambitious in life!

Year 5 and 6Falcon class have focussed on the story of The Explorer. Linking in with their work on rainforests in Geography, they have learnt about different sentence types and the use of figurative language. They finished off the unit by writing some fantastic adventure stories of their own.