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English, communication and languages lie at the heart of our curriculum as it allows access to every other curriculum area.

Developing a solid use of language at an early age underpins children's achievement across the curriculum and lays the foundations for active involvement in cultural life, society, work and lifelong learning.  We then build on this vocabulary by teaching phonics from Reception.

Phonics is taught discreetly from Reception to Year 2. Children in years 1 and 2 are taught in ability groups with additional support provided to children who are not working at age related expectations.  This ensures that all children have a strong knowledge and understanding of phonics as a reading and writing strategy throughout the school. For phonics we use the Letters and Sounds approach.

Good phonics knowledge leads the way to making steps forward in reading.

Reading is taught through whole class work, discreet guided reading sessions both whole class and group.  Children work through our reading scheme up through the levels until they have enough decoding and comprehension knowledge to become ‘free readers’.  Our core reading scheme is based on phonetically decodable books from a number of suppliers to offer breadth and difference.

Writing is taught by using high quality texts as an ignition to spark imagination and to make writing something that can be exciting and a pleasure. 

Here is our intention for English

English programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2