At Rothwell St Mary’s our curriculum vision for English is to foster a love of language and literature! English lessons help our pupils to develop skills in reading and writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar, speaking and listening, phonics and handwriting.
This begins with phonics in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 where we follow the ‘Floppy Phonics’ scheme, supported by actions used in the ‘Jolly Phonics’ programme. Our phonics teaching is systematic and structured with built-in revision to ensure every child succeeds. We apply step-by-step phonics teaching using Biff, Chip and Kipper to engage your children. Our rigorous teaching sequence makes phonics teaching effective and simple and teaches children the sounds and tricky words needed to support them with their reading and writing.
Useful phonics websites:
Jolly phonics sounds and actions:
Alpha blocks is a good series to watch to help with blending:
Articulation of phonemes:
Children are encouraged to use and develop their knowledge of texts to write for a variety of purposes such as: explanations, instructions, reports, balanced arguments, stories and poems. Our main implementation focus for this year is to develop children’s ability to plan, draft, revise, edit and publish their writing, before evaluating the success of their written piece.
From Reception, our children are taught letter formation using the Nelson handwriting scheme. As they progress through school, the children are encouraged to write in a neat, legible style using a cursive script.
At Rothwell St Mary’s, we see the importance of integrating SpaG concepts into our daily English lessons, however SpaG is also taught in focused lessons; this ensures children are applying accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation in all written work.
We aim to develop an appreciation for the written word which will consequently lead to the same high standard of writing in the foundation subjects as the children produce in English.
National Curriculum and Development Matters for English:
Our main focus for the year ahead is to develop children’s ability to plan, draft, revise, edit and publish their writing.
Policy: English Policy 2019-20
English around School:
Why is reading so important?
What does reading do for our children?
Reading improves concentration – Children have to sit still and quietly so they can focus on the story when they’re reading. Reading also relaxes the body and calms the mind whilst also exercising the connections in the brain.Reading teaches children about the world around them – through reading, they learn about people, places and events outside their own experience.Reading improves a child’s vocabulary, leads to more highly-developed language skills and improves the child’s ability to write well.Children learn new words as they read as well as seeing how to structure sentences and how to use language effectively.Reading develops a child’s imagination – when we read we translate the descriptions of people, places and things into pictures.Reading helps children develop empathy – when we’re engaged in a story, we imagine how the characters are feeling and use our own experiences to imagine how we would feel in the same situation.