With regards to English, in KS1 and KS2, children are taught English on a daily basis, through our own designed programme based on the aspects of the Curriculum. English skills are taught and revisited many times in order that these key skills are embedded into the children’s long term memory and then used in a wide variety of contexts across the whole curriculum. Throughout the two weekly English cycle, children are:
Reading Detectives: During these sessions, children are introduced to the text, they ‘unpick’ the text, look at vocabulary using ‘Word Aware’ – Anchor, Step-on and Goldilocks words and focus on different Reading domains, developing and extending comprehension skills.
Spagologists: These sessions focus on children developing their Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar skills.
Sentence Stylers: The focus of these lessons are based upon sentence types. Children have the opportunity to build a varied and rich vocabulary and increase their knowledge of a range of sentence structures.
Literal Masterminds: These sessions are where children plan and prepare for their ‘Big Write’ activity. This builds upon the skills that they have been introduced to throughout the week.
Authors: During this session, children are asked to produce a final product which links to the theme. This can be written, presented, videoed, performed, etc.
Editors and Publishers: The children are then given an opportunity to edit their work to make improvements either through self-editing or peer editing. The children are encouraged to publish their work where applicable in order to give their writing a purpose.
The teaching of spelling is incorporated into Year 1 English Lessons through spelling starters and Years 2 – 6 follow the daily Read Write Inc. Spelling Programme with a dedicated 15 minute slot.
Phonics or Stop! Reading Time
For Synthetics Phonics, we follow the Ruth Miskin Literacy programme. This is predominantly taught in Nursery, Reception and Year 1, with some Year 2 and a small minority of Year 3 still being in the programme. This is taught daily for 30 minutes with a focus on decoding and comprehension skills.
Once the children have exited Read Write Inc. groups, the children then move into Stop! Reading time. This is an opportunity for children to develop a passion for reading, participate in wider reading and develop their comprehension skills, focusing on the different Reading Domains. This is achieved through a two weekly programme: one week focuses on the teaching of reading skills around the different reading domains; the other week involves a carousel of activities to develop passion for reading and independent reading skills. This is facilitated through the use of the Bug Club programme, comprehension boxes, a teacher led task and independent reading using the wide variety of reading areas across the school. At St Luke’s we value the importance of storytelling and sharing short stories, poetry and classic novels with the children and have incorporated whole class story time into the two weekly cycle.
In Early years and year 1, handwriting is embedded into their writing and English sessions. Handwriting is taught discreetly from years 2 – 6 with a dedicated half an hour slot every week.