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English at Zouch Academy

Alongside Mathematics, English is the most important part of our school curriculum. It incorporates several different aspects:

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Phonics and Spelling
  • Grammar and Punctuation
  • Handwriting

In Nursery and Foundation Stage:

For children in the Early Years, English skills are taught through two main areas of the curriculum:

  • Literacy – this involves learning letters and sounds and early reading and writing skills. Children are exposed to a wide range of reading and writing opportunities.
  • Communication and Language – this involves children developing their speaking and listening skills; developing confidence to express themselves; and language development.

English skills are taught daily during carpet or circle time and in small group sessions. Meaningful and purposeful stimuli are used for learning based on the children’s first-hand experiences and interests. The continuous provision is enhanced with a wide range of English resources and materials to develop confidence and enjoyment when transferring English skills from taught sessions independently.
All pupils within the Early Years Foundation Stage receive phonics teaching in line with the DfE Document ‘Letters and Sounds’. In pre-school, children work in small groups on a daily basis with the teacher to complete Phase 1 activities. In Reception, pupils receive a 20 minute daily phonics lesson, targeted at their current level of attainment, which is then applied to learning in their reading and writing.

In Key Stage 1: (Year 1 & 2)

  • Children are taught English in a daily one hour lesson
  • Children are taught Reading in a weekly one hour Guided Reading lesson
  • Children are taught Phonics in a 30 minute Phonics session at least 4 times per week
  • Children are taught handwriting in a weekly 30 minute session

English:
During English lessons, the main focus is writing, which includes the study of a text-type or genre; writing composition and the technical aspects of grammar and punctuation. English lessons also regularly include elements of drama, speaking and listening and reading. Teachers base their lessons on either the current topic (for example: Romans, Space, Rainforests) or a shared book.

Reading:
Guided Reading lessons involve reading with an adult, taught comprehension skills and independent reading activities. All children in Key Stage 1, also have a short weekly one-to-one reading session with an adult, reading a text appropriate to their level. Teachers also read a class book to the children each day for 15 minutes during story time.

Phonics:
Children in Key Stage 1 do a daily phonics session. The children are divided into small groups based on their current phonic phase. The children all receive a similar phonic session which consists of reviewing phonemes, learning a new phoneme, practising the new phoneme and then applying it to words and a sentence.

In Key Stage 2: (Years 3-6)

  • Children are taught English in a daily one hour lesson
  • Children are taught Reading in a daily twenty-minute Guided Reading session
  • Children are taught Spellings three times per week in a short session
  • Children are taught handwriting in short sessions at least once per week

English:
During English lessons, the main focus is writing, which includes the study of a text-type or genre; writing composition and the technical aspects of grammar and punctuation. English lessons also regularly include elements of drama, speaking and listening and reading. Teachers base their lessons on either the current topic (for example: Romans, Space, Rainforests) or a shared book.

Reading:
Guided Reading sessions involve reading with an adult, taught comprehension skills and independent reading activities. All children in Key Stage 2, also have a short weekly one-to-one reading session with an adult, reading a text appropriate to their level. Teachers also read a class book to the children at least twice a week.

Spelling:
Spelling is taught in Year 3 and 4 using the Read, Write, Inc. spelling programme. Children also take home a weekly word list to learn for the following week. This will include some of the statutory Year 3 and 4 spelling words from the National Curriculum*. In Year 5 and 6, the children learn spelling patterns (for example: -ious and –able suffixes). They also learn word lists at home including some of the statutory Year 5 and 6 spelling words from the National Curriculum.

*Children in Year 3 and 4 who are not fully competant in phonics, will continue regular sessions.

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