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English is taught daily at Winsham School, following the National Curriculum programme of study for the basis of our curriculum. Each class has an hour of English a day, as well as discrete phonics sessions, guided reading and spelling sessions. Additional time is given to handwriting, individual reading, and the listening and reading of stories, poems or non-fiction.
Differentiation in our mixed age classes means individuals can all progress; a range of teaching strategies ensures each child is able to access the curriculum.
Blocks of time are given to fiction, non-fiction and poetry. English is not a discrete subject and is covered through topic work across the whole curriculum.

 

Phonics

At Winsham school we have a daily phonics lesson in which children are grouped according to their ability rather than their age. We use a synthetic phonics scheme,  Read Write Inc, which is a systematic and structured programme, resulting in rapid progression through sounds and blending.
Children understand and enjoy the structure of the lessons. Each session is taught by an adult. Expectations are high and results are good. Students have the chance to not only read, but explore language through speaking, discussion and extending their vocabulary as well as written work in which they meet punctuation and grammar. Spelling is also covered as children meet different ways of writing the same sounds.

 

Reading Schemes

Winsham School uses many reading schemes that the children are able to choose from within individual reading bands. Some schemes, especially early on in a child's reading development, are more phonics based, such as Oxford Reading Tree, Songbird books and Pearson books or Dandelion readers. Other schemes, such as Oxford Reading Tree or Project X books, are more story based and use a range of strategies to encourage reading.
We use Read Write Inc books in our phonics reading sessions.
Other schemes we use include New Way, Story Street, Treetops and Ginn 360.
The variety of books we provide though, ensure there is something for each child's interest, irrespective of age or ability. Each child has access to a range of genres.
We also use an on-line reading programme called Bug Club. Each child has an individual account so can access books at home as well as at school.

 
Policies  

 English National Curriculum.pdfEnglish National Curriculum.pdf

English Policy.pdfEnglish Policy.pdf

4 year rolling program LITERACY KS2.pdf4 year rolling program LITERACY KS2.pdf