English

At Carclaze we aim to allow children to develop a sound knowledge of English skills, whilst nurturing the love of literature and language that will continue to support children’s lifelong learning.

 Reading

In order to develop children’s phonics skills, which will allow them to decode texts fluently, all children in foundation stage and KS1 receive daily phonics teaching delivered through our Read, Write Inc. phonics programme. This approach combines teaching of the sounds required, with the introduction to texts linked to children’s level of development. Children are also able to choose from a wide range of books to read at home and in school 1-1 with an adult.

When children enter year 2, they also begin to access the accelerated reader system, which enables them to choose books within their ideal range for maximum reading progress and take interactive quizzes on each book to assess their understanding. Children are set targets for reading practice, which are reviewed regularly to motivate them to maintain regular reading, both at home and during opportunities for reading in school. Each class in years 3-6 also delivers two, hour long, whole class reading sessions a week, focusing on responding to texts and developing comprehension skills.

 Writing

At Carclaze we base our approach to writing on the ‘talk for writing’ model of learning English, focusing first on rehearsing ideas orally. During writing units, children learn a high-quality modelled text, linked to their year group content, before applying these skills in their own writing. Children are given the opportunity to explore these texts through role play, analysis of the text and a range of activities to develop vocabulary, alongside their oral rehearsal, to allow them to develop a range of skills during each unit.

 Spelling and Phonics

Spelling and grammar is also taught daily in all year groups. The Read, Write. Inc spelling programme is used throughout the school to ensure continuity and allow children to build on their knowledge from KS1.