Characteristics of good English teaching
We believe that children learn best when:
Equal Opportunities and Inclusion
All pupils have an equal right to access the English curriculum. We can help children achieve their best through the use of quality first teaching, effective planning, the support of adults and effective use of resource.
We use a range of strategies to support differentiation, including:
Learning and Teaching
The Statutory National Curriculum for English forms the basis of our teaching and learning of English. We incorporate a range of other appropriate programs, schemes of work and approaches including:
Key texts and writing genres are linked to the half-termly topic where possible. This helps to support the development of non-fiction writing by giving it context and purpose which supports deeper engagement.
All the children in FSU and Key stage 1 have a daily taught 20 minutes phonics session. We follow the Tower Hamlets phonics scheme which is a synthetic phonic system based on the national ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonic scheme.
In FSU, we begin to teach the children to read sight words. These are the most common words found in books. We take the lists of words from the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. Sight words cannot be read phonetically so it is important that children are taught to read these through shared/guided reading and to recognise them out of context. We also give children these words to learn at home. This usually continues throughout year 1 and for part of year 2.
Children are given a reading book at the appropriate level to take home at least once a week.
We expect all children to read every night at home for at least 20 minutes. They also choose a home reading book from the school library once a week.
Books they have read at home are recorded in their yellow reading record book and parents are encouraged to comment. Older children should keep a record in their homework books or reading journals.
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Use of Key Texts
Key texts form the basis of our approach to the teaching of writing. We encourage a creative approach to the teaching of writing, where teachers feel able to explore a range of strategies to engage children. However, we have some key principles.
It is very important that children have a consistent and systematic approach to learning how to write for fluency and clarity. To enable this we ensure that children are taught to form letter correctly in the FSU. We use the Nelson Handwriting scheme to teach cursive writing in KS1 and KS2
Spelling and Grammar
We follow the No Nonsense Spelling Scheme from Year 2-Year 6
We use the Grammar Expectations from the National Curriculum. We embed the teaching of grammar into wider English lessons where possible, but also provide focused lessons and activities where necessary to teach specific aspects of grammar.