At College Town Infant and Nursery School we use the Revised National Curriculum (2014) and the Letters and Sounds document as a basis for our English and phonics teaching. There are many useful documents on the Key Stage 1 Curriculum page regarding progression in English in our school.
Reception and Nursery children carry out a range of early English activities as part of their EYFS curriculum. Years One and Two have a daily English Session concentrating mainly on the development of reading and writing skills, as well as daily phonics, guided reading and handwriting sessions. There is a balance of work between shared activities, where the whole class and the teacher work together, guided activities, where the children work in a small group with an adult and independent activities where the children work on their own.
Daily guided reading sessions consist of a staff member undertaking a reading based activity with a small group of children. The children read daily as part of their shared activities. They will read a variety of texts including fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry. Children bring home a reading book to read at home with their parents. Please try to read regularly with your child at home and write a comment in their home/school reading book, in KS1 books are changed at least twice a week.
English activities focus on the development of reading and writing skills, including the teaching of composition, transcription, spelling and grammar, comprehension and a range of other literacy based skills.
Spoken language skills are developed through drama, role-play, individual and group discussion. Each child has a talk partner to enable them to discuss their work and prepare ideas.
Each class uses the library weekly, and will bring home a library book of their choosing. Within the library we also have a computerised library system. The children use a variety of ICT programs, such as word processing packages, spelling games and talking stories as well as controlled use of the internet to develop their reading and writing skills. Each class has an interactive whiteboard which is used on a daily basis. As with all lessons, we share the learning objectives and the success criteria with the children to enhance their learning.