Our English Curriculum
At Rice Lane Primary School, our English Curriculum complies with the statutory requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum.
The key elements of this are:
Spoken Word – this is delivered across the curriculum, with opportunities for pupils to use in a range of contexts, including drama, role-play, presentation, discussion and debate. Talk for Writing is used throughout the school to embed different features of genres and grammar.
Word Reading- This is delivered primarily through Letters and sounds in Foundation stage and KS1 and through daily guided reading sessions in KS2. In KS1 individual reading takes place to directly teach skills and allow for individual comprehension skills to be assessed on a regular basis.
Comprehension – Weekly comprehension activities take place in each year group, from year 1 to year 6, focusing on specific skills.
Writing – transcription including spelling- This is delivered through our No nonsense Spelling Scheme, with opportunities for parents/carers to support with practice at home through weekly spelling homework. For further suggestions on how to support your child with spelling please refer to our Spelling Booklet for Parents.
Reading at Rice Lane Primary School
At Rice Lane Primary, our ultimate aim is for the children to become confident and independent readers who demonstrate high levels of enjoyment, understanding and comprehension, and for them to understand that reading is a life-long skill.
“We learn to read so that we can read to learn.”
We have a clear, consistent, whole school approach to reading.
Reading is closely linked with writing – the two activities reinforce each other. Children become successful readers by using a range of strategies to get to the meaning of the text. At Rice Lane Primary School we believe that literate children should read with confidence, fluency, expression and clear understanding. In order to achieve this they need to be taught the full range of reading strategies, including:
During shared, guided and independent reading, teachers teach these skills and monitor pupils’ reading to allow them to:
Each class has its own reading area, which allows pupils to access a range of age-appropriate fiction and non-fiction texts. Books are rotated to maintain interest. Pupils have been involved in suggesting themes for their reading areas, which have been developed through a project with the English subject leader.
Working in Partnership with Parents and Carers
The teaching of reading is greatly helped if there is strong communication and support between home and school. Reading workshops are held for parents offering advice on the reading strategies used at the school and how parents and carers can best support their children at home.
The school takes part in regular promotional events designed to encourage the love of reading. These include competitions and whole school events around Book Week, World Book Day, holding annual Book Fairs and joint projects with other local schools.
For further information on reading, including recommended reading lists for primary age ranges, visit: http://www.booktrust.org.uk/
Teaching Phonics at Rice Lane Primary
At Rice Lane Primary, Phonics are taught primarily through Letters and Sounds, which provides a structured approach to teaching phonics.
Initial sounds are introduced in Foundation Stage, with opportunities for pupils to practise correct letter formation alongside learning the sounds. These are introduced in a particular order in order allow the children to begin to blend from the early stages:
s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f/ ff, l/ll, ss
Children are taught to blend the sounds in words to support their reading and to segment the sounds to support their spelling. They use whiteboard and magnetic letters to support this process.
Children progress onto digraphs eg ch, sh, th and they learn alternative spellings for the various vowel sounds
e.g. ay (as in day), a-e (as in ate), ai (as in paid), ei (as in eight)
Children are taught to identify words which can be blended by applying the phonic rules (as green words) and those which cannot e.g. 'the' (as red words). These 'tricky' spellings are taught through our spelling programme.
As the children develop their phonic knowledge, they are introduced to related reading texts which allow them to apply their skills through fun and enjoyable texts.
Children in Year 1 take part in a national Phonics Screening Check, the results of which are published. This helps to provide evidence of the success of the school's phonics and reading programmes.
At Rice Lane Primary school, our ultimate aim is for children to become confident, critical and imaginative writers who independently apply their skills across a range of genres.
Writing across the curriculum
Children are given opportunities to apply their skills across the curriculum through a range of cross-curricular writing. We believe that a confident, critical writer should be one that can write for a range of purposes across a range of genres.
Individual writing targets are shared with the children and changed when the class teacher feels it is appropriate, any changes are shared with the child.
Assessment for writing follows the whole school approach for assessment using Target Tracker. A tick sheet with age related objectives is attached to their English books and is updated regularly. This forms the basis of the child's writing target.
Talk for Writing
In 2015 we introduced Talk for Writing across the school. This aims to break down the barriers towards writing by enabling children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version. Talk for Writing techniques will be used where appropriate within the genre being taught.
Useful websites to support English