English at St Stephen's CE Primary School
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English

Our English lessons develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. English is taught in a cross-curricular way, linking up with other areas of the curriculum. We teach our pupils to speak clearly, to convey their ideas fluently and confidently and to ask questions. Their vocabulary is developed systematically. Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely.

Phonics Programme

We follow Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching The Foundations For Phonics in Nursery and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school. As part of our phonics programme, the children are heard reading individually and in groups. The children across EYFS and Year 1 have daily phonics sessions. Children in Reception and Year 1 have three reading practice sessions each week, which cover both fiction and non-fiction texts. Reading practice provides children with the opportunity to develop their fluency, prosody and comprehension skills. Parents are given clear expectations about reading at home.

Your child's books will be changed on a Thursday, in school. 

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.

There are two types of reading books that your child will bring home:

A reading practice book (Bug Club). This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently and it should be read more than once, so that your child has the opportunity to develop fluency. 

A sharing book.  This will be chosen from our library. Your child may not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you to read and enjoy together.

Your child may also bring home an additional banded book of their choice.

Writing Development

We develop writing skills using the ‘Slow Writing’ pedagogy so that our pupils have the stamina and ability to write at the age-expected standard. To support children in moving towards independent writing, we provide a wide range of activities including use of film and imagery, modelled, shared and guided writing, peer editing and discussion. Talk for writing is used to encourage pupils to express their ideas, exchange ideas and to develop vocabulary that is more sophisticated. We provide opportunities for writing for purpose and we encourage pupils to see themselves as authors. The status of written work is promoted by providing opportunities for children’s writing to be published and read by real audiences.

Handwriting and Literacy Enrichment

Handwriting sessions are incorporated into the English lessons enabling pupils to write fluently. A range of extra activities are used to promote literacy within the school including an annual focus week, World Book Day and author visits.