English

Overview

The English National Curriculum consists of the following 4 main areas:

Spoken Language (speaking and listening)
Reading (word reading and comprehension)
Writing (transcription and composition) 
Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar

At Egerton these areas are taught within discrete daily English lessons as well as across a range of curriculum subjects through topic based teaching.

Children are taught to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their listening others can communicate with them. Literature plays an important role in our teaching of English as many units of work are centred around one specific book or author. Other untis of teaching will be based around topic work or current issues effecting the world. This approach not only allows the children to carry out an in-depth study but also gives them the opportunity to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.

Early Reading: Little Wandle

At Egerton, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Nursery/Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.

As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read. At Egerton, we also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.

Spelling Shed

Building on the strong foundation of Little Wandle phonics in Reception and Year 1, the Spelling Shed scheme is followed from Years 2 to 6. This scheme is continuously updated to include the most up-to-date approaches to spelling and vocabulary. Phonics has been used as a base which is then built upon with proven approaches, such as explicitly teaching morphology, etymology and orthographic mapping, as well as identifying and using spelling patterns. Alongside this, weekly homework on the online game is set to support each week's pattern, as well as whole school competitions to engage pupils.

Assessment of Reading: Years 2 - 6

Upon reaching Year 2, children are then assessed using the Big Cat reading band assessments. The children move through the levelled bands until they reach the final stage for their year group and become a 'free reader'. The children then choose their own reading books from book shelves within classrooms and these are monitored through their Reading Journals. Alongside this, a carefully chosen reading spine of high-quality and disruptive texts have been structured thorughout the years at Egerton to ensure every child leaves having been exposed to an ambitious range of literature and a high level of cultural capital.

Guided Reading

In Key Stage 2 daily whole class reading sessions are carried out which involves the children taking part in discussions, answering comprehension questions and reading aloud. These can be adult supported or independent activities. In addition to reading sessions within the school day we promote wider reading through the use of the school and local library as well as through reading homework. We strive to promote a love of Reading in everything we do. 

Writing Units

To develop the children’s stamina and skills to write at length and use accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar, they are exposed to a variety of genres and text types. Writing tasks have a clear audience and purpose in which children are challenged to adapt their use of language and style of writing to create high quality, original and imaginative pieces. 

This teaching of English at Egerton aims to provide children with a clear understanding of the spoken and written word as well as develop a life-long enjoyment of reading.

Please see the below attached files for details of our reading spine, teaching of writing and unit overviews.

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