Subject Coordinator: Miss Harrison
At Bramhope Primary School, the foundations for teaching the National Curriculum English begin in Early Years Foundation Stage, with the development of a high quality programme planned within Communication, Language and Literacy. The teaching of English at KS1 and 2 is underpinned by the expectations and programme of study set out by the DfE's National Curriculum (2014) follow link below.
A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.
The teaching of English at Bramhope Primary is outlined under 4 main headings:
Speaking & Listening plays a significant role at Bramhope Primary. The children have many opportunities to discuss, debate and relate events in order to become confident speakers and listeners. The school work closely with the Speech and Language team and personal plans are written and followed as required.
Reading is a key skill and here at Bramhope Primary School we believe that children should be continually clocking up their reading miles, developing their reading skills and increasing their love of books. We recommend a minimum of 20 minutes a day of text enjoyment (either children reading to an adult, reading independently or being read to). Our ‘Individual / Home Readers’ books come from a number of sources that are accurately grouped to age and National Curriculum expectations into colour bands including Collins Big Cat, Rigby Stars, Pearsons Lighthouse and Oxford Reading Tree amongst others. Our new and exciting libraries are well stocked with a range of books.
Recently we added the 100 recommended texts for each phase of school, in order that the children experience a wide range of genre, interest and author. Reading progress is regularly monitored and extra reading is facilitated e.g. an additional small group or 1:1 reading session will take place.
Writing is taught systematically across the school daily (both in English lessons and across other curriculum areas) according to National Curriculum expectations in terms of skills. Genre aspects of teaching are repeated throughout the years using different texts. Each unit of work focuses on developing: sentence construction, vocabulary, sense of audience, punctuation, grammar and organisation. Wherever possible there are strong links across the subjects. In handwriting and presentation, we teach the children to use cursive script from EYFS with many children gaining their pen licence from Year 3 as they start to write in a more formal layout style.
Phonics & Spelling In EYFS and Year 1, the children are taught discrete phonics every day where appropriate. We mainly follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme whilst consistently and progressively using Ruth Miskin RWI flashcards, rhymes and actions. The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check takes place in June and children who have not yet met the required standards continue phonics beyond this. Spelling is taught discretely in Year 2 and across KS2 following a ‘No-nonsense Spelling’ programme from Babcock. During these sessions children look at spelling patterns, rules and high frequency words. We also learn and track children’s progress against the Year group CEWs (Common Exception Words) - also known as 'Word Walls'. Throughout all written work, children are taught to proof read for errors, use dictionaries / thesauruses to support their spelling, develop mnemonics (systems for aiding memory) and learn about how to use etymology (understanding of the origin of words) to help with spelling. We also use home spelling lists / tests, word banks and mats and other various resources to support the correct application of spelling. As required, additional teaching is facilitated where required for individuals or small groups e.g. Precision Teaching.
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