Curriculum Overview and Policy

Download: Literacy – Curriculum Overview 2020-21 [PDF]
Download: Literacy – Long Term Planning – 2020-21 [PDF]
Download: Writing – Progression Map 2020 [PDF]
Download: Reading – Progression Map 2020 [PDF]

Download: English Policy 2021 [PDF]


School vision for the teaching of English

English is at the heart of every child and adults’ life. We live in an environment where written text is all around us and we use the fundamentals of writing, speaking and reading in our daily lives. This is why at St Oswald’s we believe that English should be at the heart of all aspects of school life. We aim to deliver a high quality English curriculum that gives children the best possible opportunities to become confident and successful readers and writers with a deep love and understanding of the English language. We believe the development of reading and writing skills is central to improving a child’s life chances.

Firstly, we recognise that without effective communication, little achievement can be made. We aim to develop the abilities of all children in our school to communicate their ideas effectively in speech and writing. Children are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and media texts. They gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Children use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations.

It is our vision that every child will learn to write by being given real and exciting materials and opportunities that inspire them to write. We will show and explain everyday occurrences to the children and inspire them to write about them. We will share excellent writing to inspire children to emulate styles. We encourage children to read their work for enjoyment, to read it aloud to others and provide audiences for writing. We want children to have an understanding that writing has a real purpose and that word choice and style can bring about change.

At St Oswald’s we believe that good presentation skills are important as we want children to value their own work and for others to do the same. By introducing and teaching a consistent cursive script from Year 1, our aim is for children to be able to focus upon the content of their writing from year 2 onwards rather than on the mechanics of handwriting. We know that using a cursive script helps most children become more confident, fluent writers and helps improve spelling. We aim for our children to develop a clear cursive handwriting script that they are proud of.

We believe that reading is at the centre of learning. We strive for children to learn to love books through daily storytelling or reading sessions.  English writing topics can be based on stories by well -known authors and the children are given time to immerse themselves in the story and get to know the characters and story format. Children are encouraged to read a wide variety of genres; they have access to this through a well -resourced and modern reading scheme, which they read at home with parents and in school with staff.

We teach children how to comprehend, interpret and apply reading skills across the foundation subjects using Reciprocal Reading Strategies. We teach children, through guided sessions, the skills of inference, inquiry and interpretation and encourage them to apply this to a range of ‘real life’ texts.

Children will read daily in the classroom either in shared reading, one to one reading or guided reading groups. Children are encouraged to read a range of books in school and at home and communication between staff and parents is encouraged.


Phonics

Early reading is a top priority in school. Taking pupils on a well-structured journey from learning to read to reading to learn is our shared goal. Using a revised programme of study based on ‘Letters and sounds’ children in St Oswald’s are able to develop their early reading and writing throughout the first years of their time in school.

In Nursery children are introduced to phonics through daily lessons and fun, engaging activities in continuous provision. Children in nursery explore pre-phonics (old Phase 1) which looks at general sound discrimination including; environmental sounds, instrumental sounds and body percussion. Understanding of rhythm, rhyme, alliteration and voice sounds is expanded through daily nursery rhymes, stories and games. Finally, in preparation for Phase 2 phonics in Reception, oral blending and segmenting is practised, encouraging children to hear the sounds in single syllable words and blend them together. These oral activities will continue in Reception alongside Phase 2 learning.

In Reception children begin phase 2 phonics, learning Grapheme Phoneme Correspondence for all letters for the alphabet by the end of Autumn Term. In Spring Term Reception children progress to phase 3 phonics where they explore digraphs and trigraphs, applying their new learning in reading and writing. Home reading books are matched to the phonics phase children are working within and recently learnt sounds. By Summer term, Reception children move onto phase 4 phonics, which teaches children to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants. By the time children start phase 4, they will be able to represent each of 42 phonemes with a grapheme. Children will be assessed at the end of each phase by the class teacher to inform planning, streaming of groups and intervention if required. We have high expectations of our children’s phonics progression and aim to have Reception children ready to begin phase 5 phonics in year 1.

Phase 5 is taught throughout Year 1. Phase 5 phonics teaches a set of new graphemes, alternative pronunciations for graphemes already known and alternative spellings for phonemes. When children start phase 5, they will already be able to read and spell words containing phase 2 and 3 grapheme, adjacent consonants and some polysyllabic words. Children will become quicker at blending and also begin to do this silently. The KS1 Spelling Curriculum also begins at this stage. In June of year 1, children take the Phonics Screening Check where they use their phonic knowledge and blending skills to read a range of real and pseudo words. This test is carefully administered by the class teachers in accordance with DfE guidelines.

In Year 2 children move onto ‘Spelling Development’ or Year 2 phonics (previously known as phase 6) with the aim of children becoming fluent readers and accurate spellers. At this stage, children should be able to read hundreds of words using one of three strategies; Reading them automatically, decoding them quickly and silently or decoding them aloud. Year 2 children explore prefixes, suffixes, past tense, apostrophes and spelling rules amongst other things. Children who did not pass the Phonics Screening Check in year 1 will re-take this test in Year 2.

Although formal phonics teaching is usually complete by the end of Year 2, children continue to use their knowledge as they move up the school and some children may require further work to fully secure their phonic knowledge in all phases. Our KS2 teachers understand the importance of phonics and continue to model writing using phonics strategies and provide phonics learning to whole classes, small groups and through targeted intervention.

Phonics phase Year group
Pre-phonics Nursery
Phase 2 Reception Autumn Term
Phase 3 Reception Spring Term
Phase 4 Reception Summer Term
Phase 5 Year 1
Spelling Development Year 2

 
Link: Statutory Information – Phonics


Reading Information

Download: Statutory Information – Reading Information [PDF]


Key Learning in English

Download: Key Learning in English – Reception [PDF]
Download: Key Learning in English – Year 1 [PDF]
Download: Key Learning in English – Year 2 [PDF]
Download: Key Learning in English – Year 3 [PDF]
Download: Key Learning in English – Year 4 [PDF]
Download: Key Learning in English – Year 5 [PDF]
Download: Key Learning in English – Year 6 [PDF]


Common Exception Words

Download: Year 1 Common Exception Words [PDF]
Download: Year 2 Common Exception Words [PDF]
Download: Year 3 and 4 Common Exception Words [PDF]
Download: Year 5 and 6 Common Exception Words [PDF]


Parent Information

Download: Brilliant Books to Share with Children (EYFS – Year 6) [PDF]
Download: How to Develop your Childs Reading [PDF]
Download: How to Improve your Childs Writing [PDF]
Download: Reading at Home / Writing at Home [PDF]
Download: The New National Curriculum – A Guide for Parents [PDF]
Download: What to Expect in Early Years – Guide for Parents [PDF]
Download: Glossary of Terms Used in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Teaching in Primary Schools [PDF]
Download: Phonics Glossary – A Guide for Parents and Carers [PDF]
Download: Letters & Sounds – A Guide to Phonics [PDF]
Download: KS1 Parent Writing Leaflet [PDF]
Download: KS2 Parent Writing Leaflet [PDF]
Download: KS2 SATs Parent Information [PDF]
Download: Primary Glossary Parent and Carer Information [PDF]
Download: Year 1 – 6 Glossary Parent and Carer Information Sheets [PDF]
Download: National Curriculum Assessment Information for Parents and Carers [PDF]


Additional Resources

Download: Phonics Screening – Guide for Parents (Year 1) [PDF]
Download: Phonics Screening – Guide for Parents (Year 1) [PDF]
Download: Reading – 10 Tips on Hearing Your Child Read [PDF]
Download: Reading – Guide For Parents How To Help Your Child Read Using Phonics [PDF]
Download: Reading – Infomation for Parents [PDF]
Download: Reading – Recommended Books for Foundation Stage [PDF]
Download: Reading – Recommended Books for Reception [PDF]
Download: Reading – Recommended Books for Year 1 [PDF]
Download: Reading – Recommended Books for Year 2 [PDF]
Download: Reading – Recommended Books for Year 3 [PDF]
Download: Reading – Recommended Books for Year 4 [PDF]
Download: Reading – Recommended Books for Year 5 [PDF]
Download: Reading – Recommended Books for Year 6 [PDF]
Download: School Improvement Liverpool – EYFS Recommended Reading List [PDF]
Download: School Improvement Liverpool – Year 1 Recommended Reading List [PDF]
Download: School Improvement Liverpool – Year 2 Recommended Reading List [PDF]
Download: School Improvement Liverpool – Year 3 & 4 Recommended Reading List [PDF]
Download: School Improvement Liverpool – Year 5 & 6 Recommended Reading List [PDF]
Download: Inclusive Books Posters KS1 and KS2 [PDF]
Download: Reading – Top tips for reading with your child at home [PDF]
Download: Spelling – Help Your Child With Spelling (A4 Poster) [PDF]
Download: Spelling – Parent Guidance for Spelling (Year 2) [PDF]
Download: Spelling – Parent Guidance for Spelling (Year 5-6) [PDF]
Download: Vocabulary – Explanation Sheet [PDF]
Download: Writing – Information for Parents [PDF]
Download: Literacy Apps – Advice for Parents (EYFS) [PDF]