English lessons throughout key stage two are planned from a range of high quality texts, film clips, or current affairs to engage children in their learning, covering a broad range of genre and text-types. In key stage one, teaching and learning in English is planned around the topic being covered in the foundation subjects. A strong emphasis is placed on ‘writing for real’ – giving children a real-life purpose for their writing in order to engage and enthuse. The teaching of grammar, punctuation and spelling is embedded within English lessons and is also delivered discretely to support pupil progress in these basic skills.
Reading requires the reader to make use of a number of skills:
Phonological – being able to equate a letter or letters with a sound.
Syntactical – understanding of grammar and word order.
Semantic – an understanding of the meaning being conveyed.
The development of these skills begins in the Early Years when children are introduced to early phonic work (using Letters and Sounds) and builds on their knowledge of stories, rhymes and poems. From Reception and throughout KS1, phonics is taught in groups every day outside of the English lesson. In KS2, any children who still require phonic work will have access to relevant intervention programmes. Reading for pleasure is promoted throughout school, with regular opportunities for pupils to read independently, in guided groups and in whole-class novel sessions.