English is a thread that runs throughout all aspects of our curriculum.  Children continuously have opportunities to use and develop speaking and listening strategies as they learn to become effective and respectful communicators.

Reading

We pride ourselves on developing a love of reading across the school.  Our phonics provision is based on ‘Letters and Sounds’ and is supported by teaching strategies used in ‘Sounds Write’.  Reading books and guided reading books are linked closely to the children’s phonetical skills.

Once children are secure in Phase 6, they progress into our ‘Accelerated Reading Scheme’.  Accelerated Reading (AR) is used by all children until they leave at the end of Year 6.  Those children who move to Sponne continue to access AR.  All reading books in the library are banded and children take a termly ‘Star Test’ to review their progress and determine which band the child can access.  After every book the children take a short quiz on the IPad to review their understanding of the book.  This tests the comprehension skills, not the reading fluency skills.

Book talk is our approach to guided reading.  These session focus on developing reading comprehension skills.  Each lesson focuses on a particular aspect of VIPERS (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval and Summary/Sequence)

 

KS1 Content Domain Reference

VIPER

Draw on knowledge of vocabulary to understand texts

Vocabulary

Identify/ explain key aspects of fiction and non-fiction, such as characters, events, titles and information.

Retrieve

Identify and explain the sequences of events in texts

Sequence

Make inferences from the text

Infer

Predict what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far

Predict

 

KS2 Content Domain Reference

VIPER

Give/explain the meaning of words in context

Vocabulary

Retrieve and record information/ identify key details from fiction and non/fiction

Retrieve

Summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph

Summarise

Make inferences from the text/ explain and justify inferences with evidence from the text

Infer

Predict what might happen from details stated or implied

Predict

Identify/explain how information/ narrative content is related and contributes to meaning as a whole

Explain

Identify/explain how meaning is enhanced through choice of words and phrases

Explain

Make comparisons within a text

Explain

 

Writing

All year groups apart from Reception and Year 1 learn writing through genre coverage.  Each unit of work lasts between 2 or 3 weeks.  During each genre unit the children are exposed to quality age appropriate modelled text.  Children use the modelled text to ‘reverse plan’ and identify the key ingredients and components of the genre.  The reverse plan is then used to support children to plan their own independent writing.

Working walls are a prominent feature in each classroom.  Teachers use these wall to model work during the learning journey of each genre.  Children use the working walls to support their understanding and independence when writing.  

 

 

 

English Curriculum Overview