English at Whitecote Primary School
At Whitecote Primary School we follow 'The National Curriculum in England, Key Stages 1 and 2 Framework Document' which has the following aims:
The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a
- range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
We use a mixture of reading schemes for individual and guided reading - to ensure children become familiar with a range of different books, including short stories, longer novels, non-fiction and poetry. These include Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Navigator, Cambridge, Oxford Fireflies, Pocket Tales (Rigby) and Badger Guided Reading. In addition, we have two well-stocked libraries containing a mixture of picture books, classic and popular novels and non-fiction books on a range of different topics. Recent book purchases include the works of David Walliams and extra copies of 'Diary of a Young Girl' by Anne Frank - at the request of some Year 6 children
Children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One follow the Letters and Sounds synthetic phonics programme, beginning Phase 1 in Nursery, with the vast majority of children moving swiftly through Phases 2, 3 and 4 in Reception. They continue Phase 4 and begin tackling Phase 5 in Year 1 in preparation for the Phonics Screening Check. Children consolidate this learning and move to Phase 6 spelling in Year 2. Children participate in discrete daily phonics sessions in small groups throughout Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, with some children continuing to access these or small group phonics interventions in Key Stage Two. Session plans and interactive lesson resources from 'Phonics Play' are used and we have a range of phonics reading books in school including Oxford Songbirds, Rigby Star Phonics, Dandelion Readers and Floppy's Phonics.