English at Stanley St. Peters
We follow the National Curriculum to teach and plan English lessons. Teachers may also use Hamilton and Cornerstones to enhance their planning. Teachers use the objectives, lesson plans and resources to plan differentiated, supportive, engaging and challenging lesson; all the while ensuring the National Curriculum standards for English are met.
Lesson plans ensure lessons are delivered in a variety of ways using a range of media to ensure children receive a well-rounded English curriculum. Teachers plan using backwards planning to ensure all activities are meeting every child’s individual needs. Teachers follow a 3 week planning format focusing on a week of grammar skills, a week applying grammar skills and a final week editing and re-drafting their work.
Children are regularly assessed to ensure they are working at age related expectations. Low ability children are supported through scaffolding resources and high ability children are challenged to use a greater depth of understanding. Cross curricular links are made using the Cornerstones curriculum.
We use Pearson Bug Club reading resources to deliver our reading curriculum. This takes the form of a hard copy book used for individual reading which the children are encouraged to read at home. Guided reading takes place daily using the Rigby Star guided reading books. To assess children, teachers use the Bug Club; this provides reading tests which assess word reading and comprehension skills.
Phonics and Spelling
Throughout school phonics is taught using the Letters and Sounds scheme of work alongside National Curriculum English standards. Daily phonics lessons are carried out in EYFS and KS1.
KS2 follow the Babcock No Nonsense spelling scheme to teach daily spelling lessons.
Children are continuously assessed to ensure they are working at age related expectations. In the summer term Year 1 children will take part in the National Phonics screening check. Children will either pass or fail this test. If children do not meet the pass score they have the opportunity to retake the test in Year 2.