The English Curriculum is made up of seven different areas: Phonics, Reading, Writing, Spelling, Handwriting, VGP (Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation) and Speaking & Listening.
Phonics is taught everyday in Early Years & KS1. We follow the Primary National Stratergy’s Letters and Sounds phonics guidance in conjunction with the Jolly Phonics actions and rhymes.
Any pupil in KS2 that did not pass their Year 1 Screening Test or requires intervention in this area will also take part in a daily Phonics session.
All Phonic sessions are taught in small groups that are suited to their ability.
Phonics is assessed once every half term.
Above is a video of the forty-two key phonemes, digraphs and trigraphs.
At Heygreen we use a range of reading schemes to promote breadth and enjoyment of reading. Examples include, Bug Club, Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, Fast Lane and Collins Big Cat. We also have an online reading programme called Bug Club that can be accessed in school or at home. To foster greater reading for pleasure texts have been purchased by famous authors and integrated into the school’s banding system. Reading is carried out in three different ways; Comprehension, Guided Reading & Individual/Home Reading.
Comprehension is taught once a week in class and consists of the children studying a text and looking at a range of different comprehension questions.
A comprehension reading task will be set each week for homework.
Below is the steps to success that we use in school to support children when answering comprehension questions.
Guided Reading takes place every day.
The class teacher leads a different group each day and during this session will focus on one of the reading standards linked to that year group.
Groups not led by the teacher complete DARTS activities, which must include some dictionary work.
Below are a series of posters that provide steps to success for: reading unfamiliar words; decoding the meaning of words and using the dictionary.
Children in Yr1-Yr6 read at least once a week to a member of staff. However, if a child requires further intervention for reading, additional reading sessions are provided.
Every child is provided with an individual reading record sheet which is stored in their home reading file. This is kept up-to-date by the class teacher or LSA.
Children are given a book band suited to their ability. Children in Upper KS2 however, may be given free reader texts that are suitable to their reading ability.
Spelling is taught discreetly in two half hour sessions a week.
Weekly spellings are sent home every Monday and tested on a Friday.
Pupils also participate in a termly spelling assessment, which gives each pupil an average spelling score.
Click here to access the Department for Education’s guidance for spelling for each year group.
Handwriting is taught discreetly once a week. This may be increased if the class require additional practice.
Each week, there is a weekly join, which the children will practice during their discrete handwriting session.
The school follows the Nelson Handwriting Scheme of Work.
Above is an example of a handwriting support poster that can be located within each classroom.
VGP (Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation)
VGP is taught discreetly in two half hour sessions a week.
VGP is also promoted through the school’s Non-Negotiables, which are closely linked to the Marking and Feedback Policy.
For each Non-Negotiable, there is a help pyramid, which supports both pupils and staff in the consistent teaching and learning of key terms and phrases.
Below are examples of the support pyramids available in each class:
To ensure that pupils are given opportunities to develop their writing in a variety of different genres and texts, the school follows a bespoke scheme of work which has been written by the English Co-ordinator.
Each year group has a set of non-negotiables linked to writing at their age-related standard.. This is to help them remember all the different features to include in their work. For every non-negotiable, there is a help sheet to support the children understanding.
Here are examples of the Year 1 and Year 6 Non-Negotiables in writing.
A Big Write is carried out at the end of each genre topic.
Speaking and Listening
Speaking & Listening is taught throughout the school by it being embedded within the school’s curriculum and values.
Pupils regularly participate in drama sessions.