The English programme aims to develop a competence in all language skills and encourage an awareness of its cross-curricular application. Children’s individual needs are catered for through a carefully structured developmental framework that will help them to become effective and confident communicators. Children for whom English is an additional language receive additional language support from the EAL (English as an Additional Language) Service. We encourage children to use language with precision, enjoyment, accuracy and imagination through progressive development of their listening, talking, reading and writing skills. We recognise the important roles of play and drama in enabling children to develop all forms of language skills.
Children in Key Stage 1 follow the National Curriculum for English. For Phonics – We use the Letters & Sounds programme. (Link – Letters and Sounds). We combine this with resources from other phonics schemes including Phonics Play (link – Phonicsplay.co.uk) and Speed sounds. We also use spelling and grammar appendix from the new curriculum to inform our planning. (Link – English Appendix – Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation)
Reading Schemes – We use the Book Bands System for reading. https://www.readingchest.co.uk/book-bands. This combines a range of different reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star and Big Cat with a range of ‘real’ books banded by the Institute of Education, University of London.
All children at Motcombe benefit from continual high quality language input, supported by high quality books and resources.