The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. At Southrop there is a culture for reading is embedded throughout the school. The National Curriculum for English states:
“Teachers should develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.”
Spelling, punctuation and grammar have increased focus in both Key Stage 1 and 2. Children are now required to both understand and use grammatical terms. There are also statutory requirements for the teaching of spelling for each year group.
We are very successful at teaching phonics: 88% of Year 1 children passed the statutory phonics screening check in 2019. We use a variety of strategies when teaching phonics starting with “Jolly Phonics” for the Reception group moving on to “Read, Write Inc.” for years 1 and 2 with appropriate catch up resources where needed for pupils in other year groups.