The English Curriculum at High Street is delivered using the National Curriculum 2014 and the Early learning Goals are followed to ensure continuity and progression from the Foundation Stage through to the National Curriculum.
In the Nursery, Foundation and Key Stage 1 the school uses the Read Write Inc synthetic phonics programme as its principle approach to the teaching of reading. Children in the nursery begin to learn about the sounds of words using rhymes and songs; this prepares them for the introduction of phoneme/grapheme correspondence (how different sounds are written) in Foundation. Throughout Year 1 and 2, children continue to broaden their knowledge of phonics through daily focused teaching sessions which are based on the secure acquisition of phonic knowledge.
We plan for children to complete Read Write Inc before the end of Year 2. However we recognise that some children experience difficulties and make slower progress than expected and that some children will still be working in the lower phases by the end of Years 1 and 2. These children are helped through support groups in Key Stage 2.
Children take home reading books which are made up of sounds and words which children are familiar with. They choose these books themselves and are able to change them several times per week.
In Key Stage 2 the teaching of reading forms a central part of all English teaching. Different texts are studied in detail and children use them to find out about how writers create specific effects or organise the presentation of information. As well as shared reading in class, children take part in regular guided reading sessions together with individual reading sessions with an adult.
Resources – A book banded reading scheme operates across Key Stage 2 which comprises a range of different schemes. Children work their way through the coloured bands until they are able to become “free” readers.
Links to parents – Each child in the school has a reading record book which logs books they have read and comments about their reading. Parents and teaching staff write in this book.
Reading for pleasure is encouraged throughout the school and children are given the opportunity in both Key Stages to take home a school library book every week. The school also subscribes to Bug Club which gives children the opportunity to read a wide variety of books online.
In Reception and Key Stage 1 children are given regular opportunities to write as part of the Read Write Inc lessons. In this writing children use their emerging phonic knowledge to practice their spelling and to consolidate their knowledge. Children also have opportunities to write as part of topic and cross curricular work.
In Year 2 children begin to use Talk for Writing techniques to develop their abilityand confidence in writing longer pieces in specific styles.
Talk for Writing is used across Key Stage 2, to improve the breadth and effectiveness of writing. Children learn texts by heart and through a process of imitation and finally invention produce pieces based on an original script. Through this process children are able to appreciate structure, vocabulary and style and add this to their personal writing toolkit.
Alongside this learning, children receive regular Spelling Grammar and Punctuation teaching. This enables children to become more confident and accurate in the technical aspects of their writing. Children receive regular spellings to learn as part of their weekly homework.
Once every term the whole school takes part in a Remarkable Writing session during which children are given the opportunity to produce extended independent writing based on a type of writing which they have learned about previously. The books that children use for this writing stay with them throughout their time and High Street and provide an interesting enjoyable record of the improvements they have made.
The school uses the Cambridge Penpals handwriting scheme which encourages clear letter formation and joining to enable attractive legible writing.
SPEAKING AND LISTENING
The Four Strands of Speaking and Listening: Speaking; Listening; Group Discussion and Interaction, and Drama permeate the whole curriculum. Interactive teaching strategies are used to engage all pupils in order to raise reading and writing standards. Children are encouraged to develop effective communication skills in readiness for later life through regular work with partners and larger groups.
Assessment and Marking
All work is marked and assessed in line with the marking and Assessment policies and three yearly meetings involve teachers moderating the assessment of this work. The school uses Target Tracker in order to track children’s progress through the highlighting of specific performance indicators.