English Curriculum Information
At South Avenue Primary School, we believe that phonics is the building block which provides the foundations to all reading and writing. Therefore, phonics is taught in a variety of ways throughout the school from Jolly Phonics in Reception followed by Letters and Sounds. Trugs (Teaching Reading Using Games) and Toe by Toe are used to develop confidence and fluency with phonics right up until Year 6. From Year 2 to Year 6, spellings are taught using the No Nonsense Spelling scheme: a programme which teaches the spelling rules and patterns and ensures progression through these year groups.
We have an integrated reading scheme which meets the individual needs of our children including a pure phonics programme, built on letters and sounds, and fine levelled story books levelled to Reading Recovery standards. Once the children have achieved and embedded fundamental reading skills, they progress onto the Accelerated Reader programme. This includes regular formal assessment as well as child- lead self- assessment to assess reading age and independent comprehension levels. Better Reading interventions are in place throughout the school to develop pace, fluency and reading confidence.
We have adopted a whole school approach to teaching writing called ‘Talk for Writing’. This enables our children to become immersed in the genre of text that they are studying; giving them the chance to analyse, learn and rehearse the key language needed. This is done through many fun activities such as drama and role- play, and drawing picture maps. This immersion phase is then followed by imitation: shared writing in which the children are shown how to craft their writing, enabling them to write in the same style. Finally, the innovation phase allows the children to write independently for a purpose using the relevant vocabulary, style and layout features that they have been taught.
Punctuation and Grammar are integral to the reading and writing progress. Therefore, both are not only taught inclusively and in context within our Literacy lessons, but also as discrete lessons throughout the school.