At Leamington, we aim to develop pupils’ abilities through an integrated programme of Speaking & Listening, Reading & Writing. Pupils will be given opportunities to: use language and learn and communicate ideas, views and feelings and read and write for a wide range purposes within a balanced approach of teaching English across the curriculum with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught English skills.
At Leamington, we strive for children to be a ‘Primary Literate Pupil’ before they leave for Secondary School.
By the age of 11, we believe that all pupils should be able to:
- Read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct.
- Have an interest in books and read for enjoyment.
- Have an interest in words, their meanings, developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms.
- Understand a range of text types and genres-be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation.
- Be developing the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
- Have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.
In order to achieve this, we strive to make all our lessons exciting and engaging. We design our curriculum using a range of exciting text types and teaching techniques including ‘Narrative Immersion’ and ‘Talk 4 Writing’. Through the curriculum, the children explore the texts through drama conventions, reading activities, creative writing activities, spelling and grammar lessons.
Recently, Leamington has taken on a ‘narrative’ approach to learning. This means that quality texts are at the heart of our curriculum. Teachers from Nursery to Year 6 have worked with Mrs. Halligan, our Lead Practitioner to plan work around a specific narrative for every half term. Throughout the year the children will explore 6 different books. The work planned covers a range of different subjects including English, History, Geography, Computing, Art and DT. We are currently developing links with Maths and problem solving.
Talk 4 Writing
Children also use elements of Pie Corbett’s model to unpick texts and build vocabulary to support their writing. Children orally re-tell stories and compose their own versions before publishing in a range of ways.
Phonics and Reading Scheme
Our reading scheme at Leamington contains a wide variety of different books from different publishers. The books are colour coded from dandelion at Foundation Level up to Diamond level which is suitable for upper Key Stage 2 or advanced readers. The bands are used as an approximate estimate given the range of material we use in the school.
Phonics and Spelling
At Leamington we use a range of phonics schemes. In Early Years we follow ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme of work. As the children move into Key Stage 1 we follow ‘Read, Write Inc Phonics’ scheme of work.
When children come into Nursery they will begin at Phase 1 which deals mainly with Communication, Language and Literacy area of learning. In particular, it will support linking sounds and letters in the order in which they occur in words, and naming and sounding the letters of the alphabet.
Children entering Phase Two will have experienced a wealth of listening activities, including songs, stories and rhymes. They will be able to distinguish between speech sounds and many will be able to blend and segment words orally.
Children entering Phase Three will know around 19 letters and be able to blend phonemes to read VC words and segment VC words to spell. While many children will be able to read and spell CVC words, they all should be able to blend and segment CVC words orally.
Children entering Phase Four will be able to represent each of 42 phonemes by a grapheme, and be able to blend phonemes to read CVC words and segment CVC words for spelling. They will have some experience in reading simple two-syllable words and captions. They will know letter names and be able to read and spell some tricky words.
Children entering Phase Five are able to read and spell words containing adjacent consonants and some polysyllabic words.
By the beginning of Phase Six, children should know most of the common grapheme– phoneme correspondences (GPCs). They should be able to read hundreds of words, doing this in three ways:
■ Reading the words automatically if they are very familiar;
■ Decoding them quickly and silently because their sounding and blending routine is now well established;
■ Decoding them aloud.
Once the children move into Key Stage 2 they begin to focus on spelling rules. We follow ‘Read Write Inc Spelling’ from Year 3 through to Year 6.
Take a look at our Reading at Leamington page
All of the links are from Liverpool LA.
Subject Leaders: Jennifer Evans and Jennifer Wilson
Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
The National Curriculum for English – PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_English_220714