English, Reading and Phonics

Ms Rees and Mr Pennington, English Leaders.

In English, we aim:

  • To enable children to articulate their ideas clearly and audibly in ways which take account of their listeners, making effective use of a widening vocabulary.
  • To use talk to explore, develop and sustain ideas.
  • To encourage children to listen with interest and understanding, able to comment on a speaker’s use of language.
  • To create, share and evaluate ideas and understanding through drama activities.
  • To teach children to read fluently and with confidence (initially using their phonic knowledge and skills in blending as a prime approach to decoding.)
  • To encourage children to become enthusiastic and reflective readers through varied, challenging and longer texts, able to discuss for example: text structure and organisation and writers’ use of language.
  • To provide opportunities for children to write purposefully in a range of genres, often presenting work creatively.
  • To help children to see themselves as confident writers with the skills to shape and adapt their writing, making appropriate punctuation, grammatical and stylistic choices.
  • To develop the children’s ability to evaluate their own work, using drafting, peer and self-marking to edit and improve their work.
  • To tackle the spelling of unfamiliar words confidently, drawing on a range of strategies.
  • To use clear, fluent, joined handwriting.

Phonics and Reading Schemes

Since September 2022, we have been using Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised as our phonics scheme.