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English

We recognise that English is a combination of speaking and listening, reading and writing.  Our aim is to ensure that children develop to their full potential in all elements.


Phonics and Reading Schemes
We use ‘Read, Write Inc’ to assist the teaching of early reading. Children are first taught a small group of sounds, and then learn to read words made up of those sounds. As the children grow in confidence, they are taught more sounds and learn to blend those sounds too. The children become capable with blending sounds and reading words because this learning is reiterated throughout the school day. Phonics lessons are short and pacey, and the learning is applied to reading and writing in a meaningful context. All classrooms environments have effective displays concentrating on sounds, key words and spelling rules.


Reading
We desire all children to develop a real love and enjoyment for reading. It is our aim that all children learn to read and enjoy books. Reading is an essential life skill that is promoted positively throughout the school. We promote regular reading at home and throughout the whole curriculum. The children have access to a reading pathway which provides a range of suitable books to read at home and in school. Children read individually with adults, as well as carry out regular guided reading sessions. The children choose their books at the appropriate level, building confidence, independence and developing their likes and dislikes. All children also have access to our school library which provides a wealth of further reading opportunities.

Throughout their time at Woodnewton, the children will hear regular whole class stories and rhymes. They will be given the opportunity to read independently and to others, and will experience high quality, engaging texts in English and Topic lessons.


Writing
In KS1 and KS2 we develop children’s writing through the use of good quality texts and film. Children learn to write across different genres.  This includes looking at the different features of interesting texts and gaining secure knowledge and understanding about the content and language. We hook the children in with engaging texts and film that appeal to the children’s interests and link to the current Topic where applicable. At the end of each unit, children apply what they have learnt to an extended piece of writing.

All children will learn about story writing, recounts and imaginative writing, poetry, letters, leaflets, non-fiction writing, scientific and mathematical recording, research and factual accounts.

Spellings and punctuation are taught systematically, practised and developed throughout the school.

In handwriting we use the ‘Nelson’ handwriting scheme and a simple method of letter formation. Parents and carers may ask for a copy of this document from the school office.