To find out more about different aspects of English, please click the links below:
Phonics and Spelling
The National Curriculum
The National Curriculum for English is divided into the areas of:
- Spoken Language
- Writing - Transcription and Composition
- Writing - Grammar and Punctuation
Speaking and listening is an important part of developing a child's English skills. Children are encouraged to become fluent speakers and good listeners. In early years there is a focus on 'plan, do and review' where children express what they are going to do, go and do it and then report back what they have done. By being able to talk in sentences children become more able to write in sentences. Children are encouraged to speak whatever language is their home language, as if a child is secure in their home language then they are more likely to acquire a good understanding of English.
Children have an opportunity to read a wide range of books. We encourage them to use their
knowledge of words and sentences to understand the meaning of books and stories. We make sure children have many opportunities to share books with teachers, with their friends and their families.
We want children to become enthusiastic readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as using their reading skills to find out information. The school follows the letters and sounds programme to teach phonics. The school has a wide range of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat, Floppy Phonics, Ginn, Word Sparks and Bug Club.
At Acacias, the children enjoy many types of reading experience including independent reading, one to one reading and group or guided reading. Guided reading is where small groups of children explore a range of texts in focused sessions with a class teacher. The teacher will hear the children read and will use their expertise to ask a range of questions to move the children on in their learning and the children will share their own responses to the texts. The texts accessed in guided reading are usually of a level higher than their home reader to help them to make progress.
We have invested in a large selection of books of different genres at all levels to enhance this learning.The teacher will keep detailed records and assessments of the children’s progress in guided reading sessions which might not appear in their home/school reading record. Guided reading increases the frequency and quality of how your child is taught to read in school.
Children develop an understanding that writing is enjoyable and important to thinking and learning. Initially they will focus on being able to form a sentence orally and this helps children to write their structured sentences. Later the children learn to plan, draft, and edit their writing and use their writing skills across a range of other curriculum areas.
We teach the children to develop neat, legible handwriting through a carefully structured handwriting scheme.
Please click on the links below to find resources to support your child's learning at home.