At St. Anne’s R.C. Primary School we follow Letters and Sounds, a phonic resource. It is a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children. There are six phases, Phase 1 starting in Nursery up to Phase 6 in Year 2, although children work through each phase at their own pace. In school we use Phonics Play to support the children as part of their phonics session. Pupils in EYFS and KS1 are set for phonics, depending on the Phase they are working on and phonics teaching continues into KS2 until pupils are secure at Phase 5b, when they will then start working on spellings at the appropriate level.
We use a wide range of reading resources to teach reading, including Collins Big Cat, Oxford Reading Tree, Traditional Tales, Floppy’s Phonics, Rigby Star, Starquest, Fireflies, Infotrail and Snapdragons. We also use Accelerated Reader, once pupils have achieved white band. This involves pupils choosing their own reading book from the library at an appropriate level and taking a comprehension quiz after reading.
In English, we use a range of resources to support our teaching and learning. These include; quality picture books and novels, a range of non-fiction texts and poetry, Literacy Shed and Literacy and Language. For Spelling and Grammar we use the No Nonsense Spelling and Grammar teaching resources, supplemented by Rising Stars.
We follow the National Curriculum for English (2013). Our aim is to promote high standards in language and literacy for all pupils and to develop a love of literature.
The curriculum areas covered are, spoken language, reading, writing and spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.
Here at St. Anne’s, we believe that spoken language affects pupil development across the whole curriculum, as well as underpinning the development of reading and writing. Therefore, ensuring continual development of pupils’ confidence and competence in spoken language and listening skills is a high priority, in all areas of the curriculum.
We believe that reading is an essential skill to enable pupils to develop culturally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Therefore, we strive to develop fluency skills as quickly as possible, so that pupils can really develop these skills to equip them for later life. Reading for enjoyment is also promoted heavily throughout the school.
The programme of study for reading at Key Stage 1 and 2 consists of two dimensions:
- word reading
- comprehension (both listening and reading)
The teaching of phonics in EYFS and KS1 is given a high priority to enable pupils to decode words fluently and this teaching continues into KS2 if needed. In the 2016 phonics screening check, 81.7% of our pupils achieved the standard, compared with 80.5% National.
Comprehension skills are developed through high-quality discussion with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction.
The programme of study for writing consists of two dimensions:
- transcription (spelling and handwriting)
- composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
We believe that it is essential to develop pupils’ competence in these two dimensions and writing across the curriculum helps the pupils to practise and hone these skills.
Spelling, grammar, vocabulary and punctuation are embedded in the English curriculum and taught discretely when needed to ensure pupils get plenty of opportunities to practise these skills.
Please click on this link to see the National Curriculum https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335186/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_English_220714.pdf
Spellodrome is linked to Mathletics and works in a similar way. Children use the same login as Mathletics but instead access games to help them practise their spellings. Children can play word searches, hangman and quick fire spelling questions to practise their word list; which is changed weekly or fortnightly by the class teachers. Children can work towards earning Millennium Helmet certificates which are presented in our weekly Friday Celebration Assembly.
English Long Term Plan
Our children love the new books in the library. Thank you to Mrs Haggett and the librarians for keeping it tidy.
We also have a range of quality books in classrooms so that we can read across the curriculum.