THE GRANGE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Giving Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day

Telephone: 01724 843601       Headteacher: Larissa Thorpe

THE GRANGE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Giving Every Child
Every Chance
Every Day

Telephone: 01724 843601             Headteacher: Larissa Thorpe

 

English

English KS1

Key Stage 1 Phonics and Reading

Phonics

In Key Stage One, the main phonics scheme followed is Letters and Sounds. Within this, aspects of Jolly Phonics are applied. For example, the Jolly Phonics actions are taught to help children remember the sounds. Phonics is taught through a range of reading and writing activities as well as through games to make teaching and learning engaging and memorable for the children.  Children are streamed into their ability groups across a year group so that teaching can be targeted to the needs of the individual child and group as a whole. Regular assessment of these groups contributes to the progress of the children in moving them through the Letters and Sounds phases.  A phonics intervention, TELL, is implemented in Key Stage One which targets children who are under achieving in phonics and provides additional support for them.  This intervention is delivered by trained Learning Assistants and targets small groups of children.

Reading

Children are encouraged to read three times a week at home and read to adults in school individually and as part of a group on a weekly basis.  The main reading schemes used are Floppy Phonics and the Oxford Reading Tree books, both of which are used for home reading and reading within school.  Children read in groups as part of Book Talk where all groups are reading differentiated texts whilst focusing on the specific reading skills from our Reading Rainbow.  During Guided Reading, children are grouped according to their ability and work on reading with an adult or completing independent reading activities.  As part of our immersive curriculum, every classroom has a themed reading area to encourage children to develop an interest in reading and a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts are provided for children to choose from.  Books linked to the topic of study at the time are included in displays and in the learning environments.  Reading is also incorporated into English sessions as children read examples and study the features of the genre of text they are focusing on for their writing.

English KS2

Key Stage 2 Phonics and Spelling

In Key Stage Two, where the teaching of phonics is still required, the main phonics scheme followed is Letters and Sounds. Phonics is taught through a range of reading and writing activities as well as through games to make teaching and learning engaging and memorable for the children.

Children are streamed into their ability groups so that teaching can be targeted to the needs of the individual child and group as a whole. Regular assessment of these groups contributes to the progress of the children in moving them through the Letters and Sounds phases.

A phonics intervention, TELL, is implemented which targets children who are under achieving in phonics and provides additional support for them.  This intervention is delivered by trained Learning Assistants and targets small groups of children.

New spellings, relevant to age and ability, are given to the pupils at the beginning of each week. The children are given the opportunity during the school day to practice their spellings which are often incorporated into handwriting and sentence level activities.  When spellings are given out, the children are introduced to the relevant spelling rule and various activities are carried out in class to help embed this knowledge.

Reading

Children are encouraged to read to an adult at home at least three times a week in Year 3, 4 and 5, and at least five times a week in Year 6.

Within school, children read individually and as part of a group on a weekly basis.

The main reading scheme used is The Oxford Reading Tree books, which are used both for home reading and reading in school.

Children read in groups as part of Book Talk where all groups are reading differentiated texts whilst focusing on the specific reading skills from the Reading Rainbow.

During Guided Reading, children are grouped and work on reading with an adult or completing independent reading activities.

As part of the immersive curriculum, classrooms have a themed reading area to encourage children to develop an interest in reading and a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts are provided for children to choose from.  Books linked to the topic of study at the time are included in displays and in the learning environments.

Reading is also incorporated into English sessions as children read examples and study the features of the genre of text they are focusing on for their writing.

Writing

At The Grange Primary, we use a variety of strategies and resources to boost the attainment of our pupil’s writing.

The children have regular literacy throughout the week and the basic skills are also transferred through our creative curriculum to foundation lessons.

Each year group has a variety of genres that they must cover. At the beginning of each new genre, the children are familiarised with the features of the text through looking at examples and analysing them. Following this, the children are then taught in stages how to successfully write in this style before completing an unaided piece of writing at the end of the genre.

Where possible, the context of the pupils’ writing is linked with the class topic.

Programme of Study for Writing: Stage 5

Programme of Study for Writing: Stage 6

Handwriting

Children are given regular handwriting practice during the school week.

We follow the Nelson handwriting scheme for teaching the correct formation and joins of letters.

The presentation in our books is very important and handwriting is a huge part of this.

We encourage all children to join their writing accurately.

Speaking and Listening

The teaching of speaking and listening is integrated across the curriculum.  We aim to encourage our pupils to become eloquent and effective communicators. We promote correct speech and build these skills through a range of activities in many contexts.