Our English curriculum covers: reading, writing, SPAG, oracy (through speaking and listening), phonics and spelling.
English Intent – At St Anne’s Primary School, we believe that an excellent English curriculum should encourage children to develop a passion for reading, provide quality writing outcomes and give children the confidence to have meaningful discussions with others. We aim to inspire children to expand their knowledge of a range of books and foster a positive relationship with literature. We recognise the importance of celebrating each child’s ability to write clearly and accurately, adapting their language and style to cover a range of concepts and for children to take pride in their work. It is important that children build resilience and learn to speak and listen with accuracy to further develop their learning.
Reception- In the Foundation Stage, we offer a child-led curriculum which builds on conceptual knowledge through the children’s chosen context. This is reflected in the children’s topic books, which demonstrates their learning journey and connectivity between concepts. Children are encouraged to practise their fine motor skills through planned writing opportunities in a variety of contexts, from sand and foam to holding a pencil accurately, mark making and beginning to write accurately. Children participate in daily phonics and story time sessions, building on knowledge when role playing and develop skills through carefully designed activities in continuous provision. As a school which promotes reading for pleasure, we introduce the children to a wide variety of texts which create a sense of awe and engagement. Children love taking books home from the Reception class and school library and sharing them with their families. We heavily focus on the importance of developing language and communication skills as a fundamental starting point for our learners to become fluent speakers and avid listeners. This includes selected opportunities for turn-taking, talk for writing and discussion.
KS1 and KS2– In writing, we follow a progressive teaching sequence centred on high-quality texts often linked to the topic covered. We emerge children in a wealth of subject-specific knowledge to develop their vocabulary skills and writing ability. Teachers model writing and encourage shared, guided and independent writing with a clear success criteria to follow. Children practise planning, editing, revising and evaluating skills using a purple pen to show this. At the end of each half term, children in both KS1 and KS2 will have two final pieces of writing (one fiction and one non-fiction) which are often shared with other classes and celebrated. Children participate in a variety of assessments including peer and self-assessment regularly throughout the year. Teachers plan daily opportunities for children to practise a range of progressive grammar skills to use across a range of writing genres. At the core of English is oracy: we ensure speaking and listening skills are developed in each class through a range of planned activities, including talk for writing. This develops children’s Standard English and fluency when performing and reading aloud as well as improving turn-taking and partner talk.
Reading at St Anne’s– We aim to inspire children to expand their knowledge of a range of books and foster a positive relationship with literature. We hope children will develop a love of reading, build on their interests and become fluent readers. We use a variety of schemes in school including, the Oxford Reading Tree, Phonics Bug Club and Collins Big Cat. Children will have the opportunity to visit the class and main school library weekly.
All children in EYFS and KS1 will take home a phonically decodable book linked to their phonic phase. These will be changed as children progress through the sets within each phase. Banded reading scheme books will also be sent home and this is to be shared between parent and child and read together (if needed). Both books will continue to be changed weekly.
EYFS and KS1
- 1 x phonics book
- 1 x scheme books + 1x library book
- Phonics and scheme books changed each week by TA
- 1x scheme book changed by child when completed
- 1x library book either class library or main library visited weekly
Reading progression table
|Year group||Book Band Colour|
|Working towards the expected standard||Lilac, pink, red|
|Working at the expected standard||Yellow|
|Working at the greater depth standard||Light blue|
|Working towards the expected standard||Light blue/ Green or below|
|Working at the expected standard||Orange|
|Working at the greater depth standard||Turquoise|
|Working towards the expected standard||Purple/Gold or below|
|Working at the expected standard||White/Lime|
|Working at the greater depth standard||Lime|
|Working towards the expected standard||Lime or below|
|Working at the expected standard||Copper|
|Working at the greater depth standard||Topaz|
|Working towards the expected standard||Copper/Topaz or below|
|Working at the expected standard||Ruby|
|Working at the greater depth standard||Emerald|
|Working towards the expected standard||Ruby or below|
|Working at the expected standard||Emerald|
|Working at the greater depth standard||Sapphire|
|Working towards the expected standard||Emerald or below|
|Working at the expected standard||Sapphire/Diamond|
|Working at the greater depth standard||Diamond/Pearl|
Phonics and Spelling– In EYFS and KS1, we use the DfE Letters and Sounds and Phonics Bug to deliver phonics lessons. In KS2, we continue to use DfE Letters and Sounds where necessary, Support for Spelling and No Nonsense Spelling alongside Spelling Shed. Spellings are sent home and tested weekly. We encourage children to practise their spellings using the Spelling Shed log ins provided by school.