Our English curriculum has been rewritten to move away from the Success for All Literacy programme. Our new English curriculum is very closely linked to our “Curriculum Fit for Overthorpe” and covers all National Curriculum objectives in Communication, Writing and Reading.
Each year group bases their English teaching around a quality text that is linked to their curriculum topic. These texts are selected to cover a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry features and also to include characters and themes of a diverse background.
We teach handwriting using the PenPals scheme for handwriting in all year groups, which teaches children to first form their letters accurately and then to join in preparation for the next stage of their school career. This scheme focuses very closely on children’s posture and pencil grip during writing and also develops children’s gross and fine motor skills.
We teach phonics to Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2 using the phonics sections from the “Success For All” Literacy scheme with supplementary resources from Letters and Sounds. In Key Stage One children are grouped for phonics according to their phonics stage and are taught in small groups where possible. Any children in KS2 who require further reading or phonics support work on a variety of small group interventions with our highly skilled teaching assistants.
We teach spelling across school by following the No Nonsense Spelling scheme. We use this in conjunction with a range of practical, multi-sensory activities to encourage children of all learning styles to learn their year group words and spelling rules.