The English Journey
Teachers plan English journeys for their class based on assessment from SPTO, children’s interests and writing purposes which are yet to be explored. The objectives are taken directly from the National Curriculum for each year group, however, it may be necessary to take objectives from the year group below to support children with particular concepts. We use objectives from SPTO to set targets and these are shared and reviewed with children. We use the ‘metal system’ and assessment for learning to allow children to identify their own level of challenge.
The English journey encompasses skills for reading, grammar, writing, speaking and listening which are woven through exploration of purpose, form and impact on the reader. Writing skills are practised and applied through a learning journey which aims to creatively explore the skills needed to write purposefully. Quality children’s literature forms the centre of our English journeys and children write for a range of purposes which link to these texts to ensure writing is purposeful, meaningful and in context. Our texts link closely to our Irresistible Learning, where children practise consolidating and applying their skills to a Golden Opportunity . We use the National Curriculum to teach progressive skills, spellings and grammatical content.
We begin teaching reading and writing through a programme of systematic, synthetic phonics using the Letters and Sounds scheme. We use assessment to adapt our teaching to match the emerging needs of early readers and writings.
We use quality books which are finely banded to ensure progressively challenging material- Oxford Reading Tree and Rising Stars form our banded reading books. Past the lime level, children have access to a wide range of children’s literature, including texts from Collins Big Cat, to develop a love of reading, covering a range of exciting authors and topics.
Guided reading opportunities are implemented through each English journey and through our Irresistible Learning. Activities link closely to the English reading domains. In Key Stage 1, children have one discrete Guided Reading session per week in addition to the opportunities provided in their English journey.
We strongly believe in promoting reading for pleasure and therefore children are given opportunities during the day for DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time where they can enjoy a range of reading material which may be different to their reading book.