English lessons are taught daily in all classes and focus on developing the key skills of writing and reading. Promoting high quality speaking and listening for all learners is a key part of our whole curriculum and opportunities are provided in all subjects and through pupils’ citizenship opportunities to speak in full and well organised sentences, develop a rich and broad vocabulary and listen carefully to others.
Writing: Pupils begin their journey of writing development with daily synthetic phonics teaching and soon progress to writing in sequences of sentences. Pupils learn spellings with particular patterns and common exception words with patterns that cannot be decoded using phonics. Talk is central to our approach to teaching writing and pupils are given regular opportunities to write under the direction of the teacher, alongside an adult or peers and independently. The school has a handwriting scheme that is introduced from EYFS onwards and consistent presentation is encouraged in all written work.
Spelling: Pupils follow the progressive scheme on Spelling Shed