English in KS1
English is taught every day throughout Key Stage One interlinking with the Foundation Subjects across the curriculum.
Throughout the year, we follow the objectives of the National Curriculum 2014 but have designed our own curriculum, which focuses on a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction topics to enthuse and enlighten the children. During English lessons, children read books and learn stories, which relate to our topic. We begin in Year One by using Pie Corbett’s story making method to promote the use of a wide variety of vocabulary and sentence structures. In Year Two, we incorporate story mountains to help the children plan their writing. By the end of Year Two, we aim to have developed children’s ability to write, not only for different purposes, and have extended their stamina in preparation for Key Stage Two.
We focus on grammar, as the new curriculum requires. These lessons can be taught independently to ensure understanding, which we then ensure is incorporated into written work in both English and cross-curricular writing.
Phonics is taught daily ensuring the children are prepared for the Phonics Screening test in June and to enable them to become confident readers. We either teach in as a whole class or learn in phonic phase groups to target the children’s individual needs and abilities. Linked into our Phonics sessions is a focus on handwriting style. We encourage children to sit properly at the table to help maintain a neat handwriting style and neat presentation. Handwriting and presentation is, of course, a focus in all our learning books.
We take great pride in promoting ‘reading every day’. We read after lunch either independently or with an adult using the school reading books. Notes are written in the children’s reading diaries to communicate to parents how their child’s reading is progressing. Guided Reading takes place either in small groups of children of similar abilities or as a whole class. The smaller groups enable the quieter children to have the opportunity to discuss the text as well as allow for more targeted questioning. When reading as a whole class, those most competent in reading and comprehension are able to model their answers to others.
To help the children make good progress, each child has their work marked with clear next step, providing an opportunity for ‘response to marking’.This provides extension activities or consolidation in their learning in preparation for the next lesson. Children's achievements are logged onto our tracking system, SPTO, to show their progress in detailed steps.
Throughout the Key Stage, we ensure that the children are challenged, have opportunities to develop a love for reading and writing and are proud of all their achievements.