The teaching of English is based on the revised English programme of study, and children will be taught an 'English' lesson every day of the school year.
This covers core teaching and learning in:
The aims of English in the national curriculum include ensuring that all children:
The English programme of study outlines the core expectations for each year group from Year 1, Year 2, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 as the average expectation for the majority of children in.
Children begin their reading in school through building up their phonics, the core building blocks of reading. We use 'read, write, inc' as the main programme to guide early reading development. The children then learn to read progressively through our colour coded reading scheme, using a wide variety of books from different schemes such as Oxford Reading Tree, Longman Book Project and others. Children do not race through these books but build their confidence and ability through repetition and consolidation of the many words they are adding to their core vocabulary.
Children are taught to write in a variety of styles including prose, poetry and reporting, and to suit different purposes and audiences. As the child progresses emphasis is placed on the correct use of spelling, grammar and punctuation. A whole school policy for handwriting is aimed at the children progressing towards being able to write smoothly, legibly and neatly, leading to taking a pride in the presentation of all their work.