English

SUBJECT ORGANISATION

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1 there are daily discreet phonics sessions which are taught in ability groups. The Letters and Sounds Programme is used at Ash Croft and at Cottons Farm. Children have daily mixed ability English lessons. The vocabulary, grammar and punctuation statutory requirements are taught within these lessons. There is an emphasis on real texts. Children take part in both guided and individual reading sessions and have regular story times to develop a love of reading. Discrete handwriting sessions are delivered. English skills are developed across the curriculum. Provision is made for children who require extra support through intervention programmes and differentiated class teaching.

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2 Children have daily mixed ability English Lessons. The vocabulary, grammar and punctuation statutory requirements are taught within these lessons. There is an emphasis on real texts. Additional English sessions include guided reading, handwriting, class novel and spelling. English skills are developed across the curriculum. Provision is made for children who require extra support through intervention programmes and differentiated class teaching. This includes additional phonics support for those Year 3 children who failed to meet the required standard in the Phonic Screening Check retake in Year 2 and other pupils who continue to struggle to decode in Key Stage 2.

A mixture of English working walls, displays and learning prompts can be seen in every classroom and other communal areas. These reflect the aims of the schools in the promotion of English, by being interactive, using literary language and by reinforcing objectives taught.

Many exciting and rewarding activities are arranged within the Federation to promote the pleasure and knowledge that can be gained from books, e.g. ‘Book Week’. Book Weeks include visits by published authors, skilled story tellers from many cultures, performances by professional theatre groups, making books, using drama, dance and music to illustrate texts.

English in the wider curriculum

Our new English planning makes explicit links with the wider curriculum, in particular History, Geography and Science. Children are encouraged to practise learnt English skills through all other subjects.

English themed events

Many exciting and rewarding activities are arranged in school to promote the pleasure and knowledge that can be gained from books, e.g. ‘Book Week’. Book Weeks include visits by published authors, skilled story tellers from many cultures, performances by professional theatre groups, making books, using drama, dance and music to illustrate texts.

 

We are on twitter

icon

Ash Croft Primary School

Deepdale Lane,

Derby, DE24 3HF

01332 764 160

Mrs E Mills

Email the School

Cottons Farm Primary School

Sheridan Street,

Derby, DE24 9HG

01332 771 370

Mrs J Hackett

Email the School