English at Swinefleet
The English Curriculum is delivered using the National Curriculum 2014 and the Early learning Goals are followed to ensure continuity and progression from the Foundation Stage through to the National Curriculum. Children are encouraged to write and read beyond the literacy session, teachers provide as many opportunities for this through themed topic work
At Swinefleet, we strive to create a text-rich environment for all of our children which appeals to their interests. All children will be provided with the opportunity to read to an adult in school at least once a week. Children will also hear a class book read to them where possible by the class teacher. Our pupils are encouraged to read books from home as well as different text types; fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics and magazines.As a school we also promote the use of ‘On Screen’ texts to support reading, too, in whole class sessions as well as independent tasks, across the whole curriculum.
All children are encouraged to regularly borrow books which are their colour banded level or free readers. In FS and KS1 books are banded by phonics phase. Within school we have many reading scheme books including : Oxford Reading Tree, Songbirds and Big Cat, Usborne Readers and Phonics Bug.
Guided Reading takes place daily throughout the whole school between 9-9.30.
Within EYFS Spelling is taught through Phonics. Children are given five spellings, starting after Christmas. These are tested on a Friday, the results are sent home on Tapestry. These spellings are a range of high frequency words and phase appropriate words related to their phonics group.
Within Key Stage One spelling is taught through phonics and specific Spelling sessions . In Key Stage One and Key Stage Two children are given a set of 10 spellings which they are tested on a Friday, the children's test results will be sent home. We expect that children are given the opportunity to learn their spellings at home but they will be given daily opportunities to practise their spellings and a weekly input to learn the spelling rule. We use the Twinkl spelling scheme throughout Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.
**All children have a Spelling Shed login- please check with your child's class teacher if you do not have this information.**
Writing (including SPAG)
Teachers at Swinefleet teach writing using the 'Writing Cycle.'
Stage 1: Gather
This stage is where children familiarise themselves with the text/media they are studying. They will look at examples (good and bad), gather key and ambitious vocabulary and investigate the tone and language used in the text.
Stage 2: Skills
This part of the cycle is where children develop the grammatical skills they will need to create their final piece. The skills learnt are dependent on what type of text they will produce, for example if they were planning to write a story, they may learn how to punctuate speech or how to use paragraphs. These skill sessions are a vital part of the writing process, giving the children the skills to be confident writers.
Stage 3: Apply
This stage is where all the children's learning so far, comes together to create their final piece of work. Children are given the opportunity to plan, write, draft and edit their work, through conversations with their peers and being encouraged to read their work aloud.
At Swinefleet Primary School, we use one clear system of synthetic Phonics, Read, Write, Inc. For more detailed information on our Phonics teaching, see the Phonics page under 'Our Curriculum'.
At the end of Year One children will take part in the Phonics Screening test where they are asked to read 40 words that are phonically decodable, some are real words and some are nonsense words (the children know them as alien words). This is to test the children's ability to decode words. If the children do not pass in Year One, they will have another opportunity to sit the check in Year Two and will be given lots of support to work towards this.
Spelling lists and home learning resources
Children in Reception will be given spellings in order. They will focus on these spellings until they have achieved them. When they are ready they will move on to the next set. They will be tested on a Friday and when they are ready to move on to learn new spellings, these new spellings will be sent home on Tapestry.
Reception spellings on Powerpoint- to use as flashcards
Please use these slides to help your child learn their spellings.