All children have a time tabled session of English every day. We have recently started using the Literacy Tree as a complete thematic approach to teaching English that places children's literature at its core. It is a whole school approach which provides complete coverage of the National Curriculum expectations for writing, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, spelling and grammar and provides a purposeful application within a wide variety of written outcomes.
In Key Stage 1, children have a daily phonics session where they follow the Letters and Sounds Programme. We also use Jolly Phonics to engage and enthuse children with a multi-sensory approach to reading and spelling. All children are expected to read at home at least five times per week and are encouraged to join and use the local library.
Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary:
Children are taught transcription skills both discretely and as part of their literacy lessons. We aim to make learning about language fun and engaging and we use a range of activities and resources .
We teach children to spell using a range of strategies. We pay attention to sounds, pattern and shape, as well as encouraging the child to develop observation and memory. Children are encouraged to explore and “have a go” with spelling. They must also become accurate, so that spelling is an automatic activity. Children may be asked to learn spellings within the same word family or pattern of words, or to learn specific words that are often misspelled in their work. Key Stage 2 children will use dictionaries to look at the origins of some English words.
We follow the Nelson Handwriting scheme and our aim is to have all children using cursive (“joined up”) writing by Year 3. Handwriting is taught and practised at least twice a week. Children use handwriting books and lined paper.