English lessons and reading sessions happen daily for every class.
Class teachers use a three-staged approach to planning around genres of writing: first, through ‘reading as a reader’, pupils are immersed in rich texts that can act as models for their own work; then, through ‘reading as a writer’, the pupils can begin to imitate the features in their own writing; finally, when ‘writing as a writer’, the pupils innovate and apply what they have learnt into their own, entirely independent pieces of writing. Each unit of teaching lasts between 3 and 6 weeks. The grammar and punctuation requirements for each year group are taught explicitly during these three stages of work.
English ‘Help Desks’ are used in every classroom so pupils can access resources such as dictionaries, thesauri, word mats, spell checkers etc.
Phonics is taught every day in FS and KS1 and spelling is taught every day in KS2.
ECPS follows the continuous cursive style of handwriting, which is taught and practised every day. Pupils in Year 4 upwards work in a blue handwriting pen. Pupils in Year 3 can earn a ‘pen licence’ if their handwriting is of a sufficient standard.
In reading, pupils work in small groups to read, discuss and explore texts that are appropriate to their fluency and understanding and have regular opportunities to practise other keys skills, such as reading comprehension and decoding, and develop a lifelong love of books.
KS1 Phonics and Reading Schemes
In KS1, the ‘Storytime Phonics’ program is used by teachers. It teaches phonics using 64 well-loved story books and a range of online resources – including accompanying videos.
The Oxford Reading Tree scheme is used to teach early reading in EYFS and KS1.