We strive for our children to have a lifelong love of reading. To be inspired to read and choose to do so. To want to pick up a book and see the value of reading both for pleasure and for research. To be motivated by the world being opened through literature.
The school uses the Song of Sounds phonics scheme to teach phonics. Song of Sounds is a systematic, synthetic phonics programme which runs from EYFS to Year 2. The programme teaches children to read and write by introducing children to the sounds that they can hear in words (phonemes) and their written equivalent (graphemes). Children learn to blend sounds together to read words and segment words in order to spell them. Song of Sounds is also a multi-sensory phonics programme. It is hands on and interactive with music, movement and practical activities at its core, to ensure children enjoy the phonics learning process. The programme ensures that children become fluent readers and knowledgeable spellers by the end of Key Stage 1.
We strive for our children to see themselves as writers and to understand the many purposes of writing in a world where technology is prominent. To explore our varied curriculum through cross curricular opportunities to write (both fiction and non-fiction). To have an understanding of the writing process and be
confident to write, review, draft and re-draft. To have a good understanding of the mechanics of writing: to master the basics and then develop
the grammatical understanding needed for the future.
We strive for our children to be confident speakers who are articulate and clear and keen to speak in front of others.
In English, we follow the guidance in the National Curriculum but link reading and writing with other topics.