Our English curriculum encourages and develops spoken language, promotes reading for pleasure and aims to create imaginative and confident writers. English is taught across the school every day, and our team are dedicated to providing fun and challenging lessons which cater for all learners.
Phonics begins in the Nursery class where the children are encouraged to listen to and discriminate sounds in the environment. When the children are ready we then introduce letter sounds. We teach the children to say each sound in isolation before putting sounds together to read simple words. Alongside this the children are being taught how to hold and use a pencil effectively in preparation for the challenge of writing the letters independently. At Eaton Park, we understand that children progress with early phonics at their own pace, and therefore our phonics curriculum is tailor made to suit the needs of all the children. Phonics continues through Reception class and into Year 1. In these years the majority of children become independent readers and learn to write.
In KS1 and KS2, children learn grammar and spellings appropriate to their needs. From Year 2 onwards, we use a Read, Write, Inc scheme which enables our children to reach the expected standard in spelling. In terms of spoken language, the children are provided with plentiful opportunities to discuss and listen to each other through a range of activities such as collaborative group work e.g. debates, drama activities and sharing opinions through discussion with peers and teachers.
We promote the love of reading every day at Eaton Park. Bug Club, our whole school reading scheme for all phases, provides us with a variety of age appropriate, challenging texts to use during guided reading sessions and as home reading books. Children access books online too, and they enjoy answering questions independently, both in school and at home. Reading and writing are closely linked within our English curriculum, and they are taught through a particular book (age-appropriate with challenge for each year band). Children will explore the book and complete ‘book talk’ activities to start with; they will then develop many reading skills such as retrieving information, inferring, justifying answers, analysing language, summarising and comparing. From this, the children are then able to see what makes a good writer, and this leads suitably on to the teaching of grammar and punctuation, and then finally on to the writing process. In addition, we adopt Pie Corbett’s talk for writing, and our children develop many skills through these sequence of sessions also. We also use differentiated texts as part of our English sequence of sessions.
Whole class guided reading:
Our approach to guided reading is whole class guided reading which is delivered three times a week lasting up to 30 minutes, focusing on a quality, vocabulary rich text. During guided reading, children are equipped with the skills and strategies they need to be able to comprehend and interpret the texts they read to become confident and expert readers.
Children explore the texts in great detail, reading collaboratively and independently and then practising their skills of retrieval, interpretation, language and vocabulary understanding, the authors point of view, the underlying messages and the structure and organisation of a text.
The children are exposed to a wide range of texts during guided reading sessions as well as their English lessons.
English National Curriculum:
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