Each class completes two text based units each half term. Generally, one of these is based on a fiction genre and the other a non-fiction. Where possible, we link these to our topic work. Most of these units will start with a key text that is used as a model for the genre. This text is used to support the understanding of the text type as well as lead to other writing opportunities.

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (Key Stage One) have a daily phonics lesson. We don’t use a set scheme for phonics but follow the “Letters and Sounds” phase progression. We use a wide variety of resources to help us teach these objectives these include the Phonics Bug decodable texts, Phonics Play website and Jolly Phonics songs. We try to keep these sessions as lively and interactive as possible. We teach phonics in small groups so that we can ensure the best possible progress. 

In Reception, as the children start to read, they bring home reading books which are phonetically decodeable according to the phonics phase they are working on.  We believe this will support them to reinforce their decoding skills and support improved progression in phonics.  The main scheme for this is the Phonics Bug books.  However, these are supplemented with other schemes which we have matched to the 'Letters and Sounds' progression.  This is continued in Year 1 until children are secure at Phase 5.  At this point they change to reading books from our main scheme as detailed below. 

Reading is taught throughout the curriculum but reading skills are taught to ability based groups on a daily basis in ‘Guided Reading’ sessions. We use a variety of texts and schemes, choosing these to fit with children's reading level and also to allow us to ask questions that develop higher level understanding. These texts include fiction, non-fiction, short extracts and longer novels, stories by modern famous authors and by Shakespeare. We use texts from 'Reading Explorers' as a basis for our Guided Reading sessions in Years 2 - 6.  In Reception and Year 1 we use a range of texts for Guided Reading sessions and use these sessions to reinforce phonic decoding but also to teach high-frequency words and develop comprehension. 

Children bring home a home reading book and are expected to read regularly at home. The main scheme for home reading is the Oxford Reading Tree once children are secure at Phase 5 phonics (this is likely to be at some point during Year 1).  Again, it is supplemented by a wide range of additional texts and genres.  For children who are more able readers in KS2 we have a selection of age appropriate books for them to choose from. 

For further information, the Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation scheme of work can be downloaded above.

During this unusual time of homeschooling, you may also find the following websites, with links to English resources, useful.

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