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English

Our English Curriculum is taught in specific English lessons and through planned work across the rest of the curriculum. Whilst in essence we are developing skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing, these are split into other teaching areas including phonics, grammar, spelling and handwriting.

The importance of being literate cannot be understated and we pride ourselves in developing these core skills well, but within a broad curriculum. We expect children to write to the same standard in History as they do in an English lesson.

Our English teaching is separated into three broad strands of learning through which all of the above are delivered in a structured way: Narrative Texts; Non Fiction Texts and Poetry. In addition to these, children in KS1 and Foundation also have specific programmes of work in Phonics and throughout the school, schemes of work for handwriting and grammar are followed.

Narrative Texts

In studying narrative texts, children learn the structures of the different story styles that they encounter. They learn how to set the scene for each and how plot developments can be used to engage the reader before a conclusion is planned to bring the narrative to an engaging end.

Throughout school, children learn the 'rhythm' of different story styles and are taught to 'magpie' words, phrases and ideas that they like so that they can re-use them at a later point.

Children also study the grammatical structures used by writers and are helped to identify those that they should be aiming to include in their own work.

 

Poetry

Poetry comes in many forms. Our curriculum teaches the children to recognise these different forms, and the effects that poets try to produce in the reader by using a range of different styles of poetry.

Also, our children learn how to read poetry and to write in similar styles to known poets when expressing themselves individually.

At Gledhow, we are able to use the genre of poetry to develop an understanding of many grammatical tools, which children then use across all of their writing as well as in poetry.

 

 

Non Fiction Texts

It is important that our children can access information texts throughout their curriculum work, so that research is not purely done on the internet. 

In studying non-fiction texts, children learn about the features to include in non fiction writing and how to use this knowledge when writing, reading or researching.

Children learn how the style of writing in non fiction texts varies; they read many such books in their studies in order to extend their understanding of a wide variety of themes and concepts.

 

 

Teaching Reading

Reading is taught individually and through a guided reading approach at school.

Children in Reception classes, Year 1 and Year 2 also have important daily phonics lessons which give children the stepping stones to break down unknown words into readable chunks.

Phonics is not the only reading method, but is a very useful tool for children trying to make sense of texts that they do not understand.

Staff also try and read class books to the children whenever possible.

The core reading scheme at Gledhow is Oxford Reading Tree, supplemented by Bug Club and Big Cat Books.

The core phonic schemes used are 'Jolly Phonics', 'Floppy Phonics' and 'Letters and Sounds'.

Spelling and Grammar

We have recently purchased a new spelling and grammar scheme which is being introduced across the school.

  

 

Handwriting

We have recently purchased a new handwriting scheme which is being introduced across the school.