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English Curriculum Page

Each year group follows the National Curriculum programmes of study.

 

We see English as not just a stand-alone subject, but part of every subject and the school's curriculum. We want our children to write for a meaningful purpose and, where possible, through first hand experiences and visits. We make use of high-quality texts to inspire our children to write - picking texts that are both challenging for the children, engaging and offer good models for their own work.

 

Teachers review the work developed by children and identify how they can improve and enhance their writing. Independence is also developed, with the children reviewing their own writing, re-editing and developing final drafts.

Phonic and Reading Schemes

 

In school we teach phonics using the North Somerset Phonics into Spelling programme, supported by the use of Jolly Phonics kinaesthetic actions and stories in Reception and as needed.

 

As children move through the early stages of acquiring phonics, they practise by reading texts which are entirely decodable for them from the Phonics Bug, Jelly and Bean books and Oxford Floppy’s Phonics schemes.

 

Once children have a secure knowledge of letter/sound correspondences and can blend words confidently, they access our Book Banded reading scheme which has books from various published schemes Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star and Engage schemes. This is designed to give children experience of a variety of reading genres. There are fiction and non-fiction books within each level.  

 

All children are encouraged to select books from the classroom, library or home to share with their parents to encourage a love of reading. We ask for our children to read at least 5 times per week from home, and to record this in their Reading Records.

 

Please see below for the 'Recommended Reads' for each year group. 

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