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English and Phonics

In English children will be able to:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding; using a range of strategies to self-correct and improve;

  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

  • widen vocabulary, and understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language;

  • begin to appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage;

  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences;

  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas;

  • speak and listen competently, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate. 


To support the curriculum we use the following schemes:


Reading:  a reading scheme of real books and several reading schemes based partly on Oxford Reading tree but with a whole range of other books added in.  PM books are used in Early Years and Key Stage 1 as they are related and enhance phonic learning.


Phonics:  Letters and sounds is used as a basis for the progression through Key Stage 1 and Early Years Foundation Stage.


Handwriting: "Letter-Join" is used throughout the school as the handwriting scheme.


Spelling:  we use the Schofield and Sims spelling scheme.