English is a core subject in the National Curriculum which focuses on teaching the skills of reading, writing, spelling, grammar, handwriting and speaking and listening. At Somerset Bridge, we teach these skills daily and throughout our curriculum.
We strive for our children to become enthusiastic, able readers and writers. We place great value in reading and writing across our curriculum to ensure our children develop a lifelong love of literature.
We follow the Letters and Sounds programme of learning for Phonics. Children begin Phase 2 in Nursery; recognising different sounds and singing songs. This prepares them well for their start in school where in Reception, the children learn the first sounds to read and write in Phase 3 and 4. As children progress into Key Stage 1, daily Phonics continues to be taught in classes to develop children's knowledge of letter sounds and reading fluency.
We support children in applying this learning through group reading sessions, 1:1 reading where needed and whole class 'Book Talk' lessons.
Reading at home as much as possible is incredibly important during these early stages of reading. Children are expected to read at least 3 times a week to an adult at home to allow them to apply the phonic knowledge they have gained in school. The children have a fully decodable book to take home which is at their phonic level as well as a 'Book to Share' which an adult.
Reading in Key Stage 2
When children reach Year 3, we use the Accelerated Reader programme for reading at home. The children read books matched to their reading level then answer comprehension questions about the book. Children are motivated by their progress through the levels and enjoy 'quizzing' to understand what they have read.
Reading for Pleasure
We are lucky enough to have a large, working library at the front of our school full of a wide range of books for the whole school to enjoy. Our 'Book Champions' in Years 5 and 6, help spread the love of reading across the school by helping to improve our library; running events like our Spring Term 'Readathon' and World Book Day celebrations.
Reading aloud to our children is very important to us. All classes through school have a read aloud book read everyday. We ensure we share with children a wide range of texts; quality, new texts as well as older, classical ones taken from our school literature spine.
Talk For Writing
We continue to use the Talk for Writing process across school to teach writing and grammar skills. Across each year group, the children have the opportunity to retell and innovate a range of fiction and non fiction texts; learning the texts and having the skills to make changes to write their own. Through each fiction text, we teach specific text elements such as character, dialogue and setting to deepen the children's knowledge of texts and writing skills. Grammar continues to be a big part of English teaching and is carefully planned through our Talk for Writing texts too.
Have a look at our Talk for Writing Long Term Plan below.