English Curriculum Intent:
Reading: The systematic teaching of phonics has a very high priority throughout the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and beyond. At Bryn, St Peter’s we value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We acknowledge that children need to be taught the key skills in segmenting and blending to be equipped with the knowledge to be able to complete the phonics check at the end of year 1. We also value and encourage the pupils to read for enjoyment and recognise that this starts with the foundations of acquiring letter sounds, segmenting and blending skills. Reading lies at the heart of the curriculum at Bryn, St Peter’s. We are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers and we believe reading is key for academic success.
We teach children how to read and write via the ‘Read, Write Inc’ phonics programme.
All children in FS and KS1 participate in a daily phonics lesson based on RWI. Children participate in a phonics sessions for up to an hour per day. In this session they will have lots of opportunities to practise reading and writing new sounds. They will also practise spelling words and reading texts. Our children love phonics sessions because they are fun and interactive.
The children are assessed regularly and are taught in ability groups. These groups are reviewed each half term. For children who need extra support, 1-1 phonics intervention sessions are available. We work regularly with Cal Tobin, a consultant from Read Write Inc, to develop and refine our practice.
In Year 1, pupils will take part in a Phonics Screening Check, watch the video to find out more.
You can support your child by ensuring their pronunciation of the sounds are accurate.
Reading to your child is also greatly beneficial!
Writing: Writing is a crucial part of our curriculum. By the end of Year Six we intend our children to have developed a love of writing and to be able to express their thoughts and ideas clearly and creatively through the written word. We also intend to create writers who can re-read, edit and improve their own writing, and enable pupils to be able to confidently use the essential skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling. At Bryn St Peter’s, we set high expectations for all our children to take pride in their work and have a fluent, cursive handwriting style alongside allowing their imaginations to flourish.
Speaking and Listening:
Our intention is for children to:
- Express their opinions, articulate feelings and listen to and respond appropriately in a range of situations;
- Participate with different groups of children to present ideas with confidence, valuing the views of others;
- Speak audibly and confidently before an audience (for example when leading class and whole-school worship; when performing in school plays).