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 Bug Club Phonics programme. We combine this with resources from other phonics schemes and also use the spelling and grammar appendix to inform our planning.

Reading Schemes

We use Bug Club Phonics with accompanying reading books to ensure that children read books that enable them to practise the phonics that they have learnt.  These books are available electronically and recommended selection is passed to parents via Tapestry or Class Dojo.

In addition we use the Book Bands System for reading. 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.

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