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English At Birdham CE Primary School

English Work

Teaching ensures that work in 'speaking and listening', 'reading' and 'writing' is integrated. During Key Stage 1, pupils' interest and pleasure in reading is developed as they learn to read confidently and independently. They focus on words and sentences and how they fit into whole texts. They work out the meaning of straightforward texts and say why they like them or do not like them. We use both Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds to support the teaching of phonics and reading. In writing, pupils start to enjoy writing and see the value of it. They learn to communicate meaning in narrative and non-fiction texts and spell and punctuate correctly.

 

English Work

In English, during Key Stage 2 pupils learn to change the way they speak and write to suit different situations, purposes and audiences. They read a range of texts and respond to different layers of meaning in them. They explore the use of language in literary and non-literary texts and learn how language works.  In reading pupils read enthusiastically a range of materials and use their knowledge of words, sentences and texts to understand and respond to the meaning. They increase their ability to read challenging and lengthy texts independently. They reflect on the meaning of texts, analysing and discussing them with others. In writing pupils develop understanding that writing is both essential to thinking and learning, and enjoyable in its own right. They learn the main rules and conventions of written English and start to explore how the English language can be used to express meaning in different ways. They use the planning, drafting and editing process to improve their work and to sustain their fiction and non-fiction writing.

The revised National Curriculum, which we follow, makes reference to an Appendix for Spelling and an Appendix for Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation, both of which are available to view by clicking on these links.

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Appendix 1: Spelling

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Appendix 2: Vocabulary, Grammar & Punctuation

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