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All areas of the curriculum involve both teachers and pupils in using English. It is the principal means by which we think, define what we experience and feel, and interpret the world in which we live. It is the means by which we communicate with others. Therefore it is our aim to ensure that we enable all of our pupils to develop the use and understanding of Standard English to their full potential in all aspects of speaking, listening, reading and writing, including spelling and handwriting.
 
Read Write Inc (EYFS and KS1)
In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children follow the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme and are set for phonics by reading ability, 6 weeks after the start of the programme. The RWI programme is an integrated synthetic phonics programme that teaches decoding and comprehension. The scheme is a great success our children surpass the national averages in both the Year 1 phonics test and the Year 2 SATs. Progress is assessed every half term and children are put in different sets accordingly. In addition, children in Years 1 and 2 have a separate English lesson where they develop critical skills of spelling, punctuation and grammar through a stimulating text.
 
Key Stage 2
In Years 3-6, the children follow a text based literacy approach whereby all English lessons are taught through a rich quality text. Children are taught the fundamental skills of reading, writing and speaking and listening through a whole class novel, of which, they all have their own individual copy. Units are based on both fiction and non-fiction writing and the children study a new text every short term.
 
Reading
Reading takes place throughout the school day and learning outcomes linked to reading are taught within literacy and in other areas of the curriculum, where appropriate.  During this time children are taught through the use of whole class novels, where teachers and TAs model the reading process. Skills such as inference and deduction are taught as well as grammatical and punctuation conventions. Poetry and play reading are taught with an awareness of final performance. Analysis and comprehension activities involving “real” texts are used to develop skills in these areas. 
 
Writing

A major focus at Fleetdown is on grammatically accurate and fluent writing. Teachers model the writing and planning process through shared writing sessions where ideas are collected and developed. Children work in pairs or individually to write narrative and non-narrative texts. Grammar and punctuation are contextually taught within literacy. Objectives taught within literacy are used to develop writing across the curriculum. Word processing, combining text and graphics, is developed using computer programs such as Word and Publisher where possible. PASS card objectives taught within literacy are used to develop writing across the curriculum.

 

Spelling

To further support the children in meeting the new spelling expectations of the National Curriculum, we now use an exciting online spelling program called Spellodrome in Key Stage 2. The programme brings National Curriculum word lists to life with an engaging array of activities, games and challenges- all of which can be used at home to boost your child's spelling. The children thoroughly enjoy completing spelling challenges and are motivated with credits and certificates which they can turn into trophies. If you have any questions regarding Spellodrome, please speak to your child's class teacher.

 

Handwriting

At the beginning of Reception, children learn their phonic sounds, and, as they learn to recognise letters and sounds, they learn to write them. Children are taught using the cursive handwriting style following the programme Letter-join. Initially, pre-cursive letters are taught but, once the pupils can form most lower case letters correctly with flicks, then they are taught to join. Cursive handwriting is being introduced in Reception and Year 1 this year and some of the resources can be found below.

Children in Years 2-6 are encouraged to use neat, legible, joined-up handwriting and this is modelled daily by the class teacher.

Peer marking

To help improve children’s attitude towards writing and their ability to proof-read their own written work, we have introduced weekly Big Writes. Each week, the children are given opportunities to write creatively at length and this is then marked in detail by the teacher or their peers on alternate weeks. Children have all been provided with their own red and green marking pens so that they feel like the teacher and really enjoy having the opportunity to ‘mark’ other children’s work. The children are encouraged to focus on specific aspects of the writing, taken from their PASS cards, and use the school’s marking policy to mark the work, just as their teacher would.

 

Purple Perfect Pens

To help children spot mistakes in their own work, we have also introduced ‘Purple Perfect Pens’ across the school. Each child has been given their own purple pen, that is used to edit and improve their work as they write. The pens are also helping to build the children’s learning power and improve their confidence as they are able to edit their own mistakes before their work is handed in. They are really excited about using the purple pens and look forward to using them to make their work even better!

 

Please click on the links to see the long term literacy plans for each year group.

 

Need to know more?
If you need to know more about the curriculum that we follow at Fleetdown, please contact us directly.

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