'We learn so much and we can follow our dreams!' Pupil quoted by Ofsted January 2016
Phonics is taught using the Letters and Sounds approach from Nursery to Year 2. Children are grouped into ability phases and given specific phonics tuition in addition to their class-based English lessons, on a regular (Year 2) or daily (Year 1) timetable. In the EYFS phonics is taught in daily 15-20 minute sessions. Regular assessments enable children to make quick progress and move through the phases of phonics.
English: In Years 1 to 6 we allocate an 80 minute daily lesson. This includes all elements of the subject, including Guided Reading, writing, spelling, grammar and comprehension. We use our own long and medium term plans built on a range of high quality texts from different genres.
In the EYFS children work in small focus groups with staff for Guided Reading, and writing. Opportunities for reading and writing are woven into continuous provision activities throughout the Foundation Stage.
Handwriting is taught throughout school according to the Martin Harvey scheme, with the timing and number of lessons managed by each teacher.
We were very excited to have a visit from the wonderful author Guy Bass! He led an assembly for children in Years 2-6, read parts of his books and told us some fantastic stories!