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English   

English is at the heart of our Curriculum.  We teach our pupils to read, write, speak and listen to promote not only enjoyment but also to allow children to participate fully in society.  We give our children opportunities to develop their language skills throughout all aspects of the Curriculum.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

Year Of Books

2017-18 was our fabulous Year of Books.

September:  Children applied for the prestigious role of Reading Ambassador. Competition was tough and the successful applicants were appointed.

October:  Fantastic Beast’s Day   The Reading Ambassadors organised a pop-up gallery event based on JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts. 

November:  The Reading Ambassadors organised for classes to visit Northallerton Library.

December:  Father Christmas delivered new books for everyone.

January and February:  The Reading Ambassadors helped Teachers create inspiring Reading Areas in classrooms.

March:  World Book Day

April:  Shakespeare Week  We released a copy of Romeo and Juliet into Northallerton.

May:  Reading Café

June:  The children got together with children in other classes for paired reading.

July:  The Reading Ambassadors organised for an author, Steven Pass, to visit school.  He read parts of his story and worked with groups of children.

 

Vibrant Vocabulary

2018 – 19 is our year of Vibrant Vocabulary.

October:  Children applied for the role of Word warrior and successful applicants have been appointed.

Phonics

Phonics is taught in EYFS and Key Stage 1 using Letters and Sounds.  Daily phonics lessons ensure the children use appropriate strategies to decode, blend, segment and read for meaning.

Reading

Reading is taught through a variety of schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby, Bug Club and Pearson. This is supplemented using real books.

All pupils receive a high quality guided reading session at least once a week as well as the whole class teaching of specific reading skills.

Every child will have a home/school reading diary and the opportunity to take home an appropriately levelled book. As reading skills develop, home readers will incorporate different schemes, popular children's authors and non-fiction books.  Parents are asked to support school by commenting in the diary.  Children are expected to read daily at home. This may include newspapers, comics, magazines, library books etc. Home readers will not be changed daily but will be changed when appropriate.

We have a creative approach to the curriculum with reading at its heart and integrate both core and foundation subjects around a theme .The themes are introduced through a class book to motivate and inspire a love of reading and writing.   Children will enjoy a class reader every day.

Writing

We aim to teach our children to write effectively in a variety of genre, throughout the Curriculum.  Inspiration will come from many areas but will primarily be driven by reading and our Year of Vibrant Vocabulary.

Grammar

Teachers use the Nelson Grammar Scheme to plan and deliver daily focussed grammar lessons.  Specific links will be made between reading, writing and grammar and children are expected to use the grammar they have been taught in their independent writing.

Spelling

Y2-Y6 follow the Read Write Inc Spelling Programme to develop children’s knowledge of spelling patterns and rules.

 

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Click here for Word Reading Progression Document

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