We believe that it is our role to provide our children with opportunities to become excellent communicators, through speaking, understanding texts and writing in different genres. We believe that high levels of achievement in English are central to ensuring our pupils have access to the widest range of individual choices as they continue to grow and develop.
Phonics is taught daily from Nursery to Year 2. In Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, phonics is taught for 20 minutes each day, following the Letters and Sounds structure.
Our Nursery and Reception curriculum draws on the Development Matters framework. Within the Foundation Stage, our staff are conscious of the important role they play in addressing children’s Communication and Language skills. Within Reception there are three role play areas (one in each class and one in the playhouse). Children are often more receptive to open dialogue with others when engaged in play and these provide excellent opportunities to express themselves.
Our curriculum for Years 1 to 6 draws on the National Curriculum, with lessons planned to develop children’s understanding of texts, writing in a range of genres and speaking with confidence. In addition, our children learn about the structure of the English language, through weekly grammar lessons and the skills are then applied and revisited in daily English lessons.
We are proud that:
- Our Year 1 children perform highly in the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check; in 2018-2019, 93% passed the check.
- We provide opportunities for all of our children to collectively enjoy exciting and challenging texts from Nursery to Year 6