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English and Phonics

In English we teaching the requirements of the National Curriculum through the following programmes:


Reading – Reciprocal Reading, a programme devised by Fischer Family Trust.


Writing – Talk for Writing by Pie Corbett in Year 1 through to Year 4.  In Upper Key Stage 2 the children follow an adapted Talk for Writing that joins together the Reciprocal Reading and a skeleton Talk for Writing structure with Writing Lab.  This involves studying several related texts and scaffolding writing around these.


Speaking and Listening – Years 1 to 6 follow Progression in Language Structures devised by Tower Hamlets EMA Team.


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.  These are banded into ‘Reading Recovery’ bands that are used throughout the school.  Lessons are taught using the Reciprocal Reading system of ‘Predict, Clarify, Question and Summarise’.  We support this with 'Reading Dogs', which support the children's understanding of specific reading skills.


Phonics:  Letters and sounds is used as a basis for the progression through Key Stage 1 and Early Years Foundation Stage.  Both Nursery and Reception also use Read Write Inc. and Letters and Sounds to support day to day teaching.  Key Stage 1 use Schofield and Sims in addition to Read Write Inc. 


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


Spelling:  we use the Babcock spelling scheme.