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Your English co-ordinator is Mrs Holloway and Mrs Webb.

English is taught from Nursery to Year 6.

 

English is broken down into the following areas of learning:

  • Reading and phonics
  • Writing
  • Handwriting
  • Grammar, Punctuation and spelling.

In the Early Years, English is taught through a multisensory approach to develop all of the above skills.

 

In key stage one, guided reading and writing are taught daily whilst phonics is taught 4 times weekly. Handwriting is practised 3 times weekly using a scheme called Letter-join.

 

In key stage 2, guided reading and writing are taught daily whilst Grammar, Punctuation and spelling is taught 4 times weekly. Handwriting is practised 3 times weekly using a scheme called Letter-join.

From Year 1 to Year 6 we use an English scheme called Pearson. While this gives teachers' an outline on what topics need covering throughout the year, it is only used as a scaffold as the learning should be personalised to meet the needs of our children. A ‘pre-assessment’ is completed before the start of every new genre to find each child's starting point and planning is then based on the outcomes of these.

All children from years 1 to 6 are given individual spelling books, and these are tested on a weekly basis.

Assessment:

Formal assessments of Reading and Writing are given to Year 2 and Year 6 and the results of these are recorded nationally and compared with other schools. Your child will receive an outcome of:

  • Below age related expectations
  • At age related expectations
  • Above age related expectations

Reception to Year 6 will also carry out a new assessment scheme called 'Pira' which will give every child a reading age score and this can be tracked throughout school.

While tests can be used to give an age score, your child will be assessed throughout the year using the Staffordshire Assessment Grids for reading and writing and this will inform an overall assessment of your child.

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