At St Meryl English is taught every day either as a subject in its own right or through other subjects such as history, geography etc.
Children are encouraged to speak clearly and to articulate sentences accurately.
Daily handwriting takes place across the school and phonics in the Early Years, Key Stage 1 and into Key Stage 2 as and when necessary.
The school follows the National Curriculum using the DfE’s Letters & Sounds programme and supplementing this with the LCP scheme.
(Foundation 1 and Foundation 2)
Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.
(Foundation 2) up to 6 weeks
Learning nineteen phonemes (single letters) of the alphabet and four digraph (two letters together which make one phoneme). Blending phonemes and digraph together to make cvc (consonant-vowel-consonant) words. Segmenting words into their separate phonemes. Beginning to read simple captions.
(Foundation 2) up to 12 weeks
Learning the remaining seven phonemes of the alphabet, sixteen digraphs and four trigraphs (three letters which make one phoneme). Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the “simple code”, i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.
(Foundation 2 ) 4 to 6 weeks
No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.
(Throughout Year 1)
Now we move on to the “complex code”. Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.
Pupils are taught to:
Children are encouraged to read widely and to develop a love of books. In guided reading sessions they are taught how to read words on-sight but also to read for meaning and develop their skills of inference and deduction.
We have our own banded reading scheme and children work their through this until they are confident enough to be 'free readers.' All children take home library books to share with their parents in addition to any scheme reading books.
Children are taught the craft of writing and given opportunities to write at length and for longer periods of time as their writing ability develops.
The document below shows the units of work typically covered in English lessons across the school.
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