From September 2017 we are following and delivering the new English curriculum for primary schools. Outlined below are a some of the main changes to the way we now teach English.
- The teaching of Phonics is embedded across Early Years and Key Stage One. The school follows Letters and Sounds as the core document for the teaching of Phonics.
- Reading is at the core of the whole curriculum with a big emphasis on reading for pleasure both at home and at school.
- Writing is taught throughout the curriculum with the emphasis being on children producing technically correct and engaging pieces of work.
- Handwriting is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy; with joining letters starting in year 2.
- Spoken English is given greater emphasis, with children being taught debating and presentation skills.
- There is a stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Of all the help you can give your child, the most important job you’ll probably do is helping with reading. That’s because learning to read is best taught on a one-to-one basis, so giving your child a bit of shared reading time every day will make a big difference. Our school expectation is that all our children should read daily.
Reading should be fun – that way it will be more effective. Here are some tips:
- Talk about the story and the characters as you go along.
- Let your child take over reading gradually – don’t push them into reading before they’re ready.
- Visit the library and borrow books you enjoy reading together.
- Choose subjects your child prefers - factual books or stories.
Look for words in everyday life, not just books. Read newspaper headlines, shop signs or menus in cafes.