At Tregoze Primary School, English is a core subject which is taught daily. We understand and value the importance of reading, writing, grammar, and communication, and use it to prepare our children to become lifelong and independent learners. We use a mastery approach to ensure that ALL children master and secure their learning and knowledge before moving on.
Throughout Tregoze Primary School, we strive to create a culture for reading where we harness a love of reading and a thirst for knowledge and creativity. We firmly believe that promoting a love of books it vital for continued progress as we believe English contributes to both school and life successes.
At Tregoze Primary School, we teach phonics through the Department of Education-recommended “Letters and Sounds” programme. To develop and enhance reading, we use the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme and also Project X Books.
To ensure that we enhance a love for reading in our school, we will ensure that:
- All children have access to quality, age- and phonic level-appropriate books in school.
- All children have reading records and access to appropriate books to take home and share with family and friends.
- Classrooms are well stocked with age- and level-appropriate books in inviting reading corners.
- Where appropriate, children will be exploring ICT to support their reading.
- New books and reading materials are sourced and children are invited to share books they have enjoyed and recommendations for future reading.
- Reading passport challenges are run throughout the school to encourage further reading at home.
- Paired reading with adults and older peers, including volunteer parent readers, is used to support fluency and expression.
- World Book Day is celebrated and shared, as well as competitions and challenges being run to encourage fun and a love of reading.
- Support material to develop comprehension is also available for parents.
We encourage children to use their writing in almost all other subjects of the curriculum. We know that our children learn best when they are engaged, so we link our writing to our topic or to a book, such as Goodnight Mr Tom and Varjak Paw. These high-quality texts provide our pupils with the opportunity to improve their writing and reading by gaining an in-depth sense of the book, which subsequently builds on their knowledge and vocabulary and gives them a sense of purpose.
In reception, our children will learn how to sound out letters and how to form them correctly. They will be taught through phonics to write words which match their spoken sounds. By the end of the year, they will be expected to write simple sentences that can be read by themselves and others.
In year 1, our children continue to develop their reading and writing skills through extending their knowledge of phonics. By the end of key stage 1, they will be able to spell words containing the 40 phonemes which they have learned as well as spelling a wide range of common and high-frequency words, which have to be learned by sight. In key stage 1, there is a big focus on planning sentences and orally rehearsing them before writing, and then on editing to correct any errors in spelling, punctuation, or grammar. A variety of types of punctuation are introduced at KS1, including capital letters, full stops, commas, exclamation marks, question marks, and apostrophes.
Throughout key stage 2, phonics is still taught both whole class and as an intervention in years 5 and 6. However, spelling rules are also taught alongside this to support children in their growing understanding of how to spell accurately. We teach spelling using the programme ‘read, spell inc’ which is a fast-paced, interactive spelling programme. It is both a rigorous and a fun way to help our children to learn and uses a wide range of different spelling strategies.
As the children move through KS2, they continue to learn how to organise their writing using paragraphs and subheadings. In narrative writing, children learn to use settings, characters, and plots to engage the reader. A large part of the curriculum is spent learning how to edit and revise their writing, and through our marking in the moment we teach our children to do this effectively.