Subject leader Mrs Binks – Headteacher
Please also see the website page for reading and phonics for more information about this.
At Sunnybrow Primary School, we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop a Child’s love of reading, writing and discussion. Our English curriculum provides many purposeful opportunities for developing and embedding skills in these different areas.
Our curriculum closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English (2014) which are to:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn, to elaborate and explain
- competent in speaking and listening and participating in debate
We provide the means for children to develop a secure knowledge base and to apply skills and knowledge in varying contexts. We believe that secure literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education and in preparing children for the next stage of their education.
Spelling in KS1
In KS1 children begin to move away from spelling words in a phonetically plausible way and move towards looking more at spelling patterns and rules. Children will begin to use prefixes and suffixes, they will learn to spell common exceptions words and begin to use contracted forms accurately. Alongside this, they will continue to apply their knowledge in relation to phonemes and graphemes and use this to help them spell. Children will be given a list of spellings to learn each week which will be linked to the rule or pattern that has been learned in class that week. Direct teaching of spelling takes place and this is often accompanied by games and online activities.
Spelling in KS2
The majority of children in KS2 learn spellings by working through the National Curriculum Appendix 1, which organises learning objectives and spelling patterns into age related expectations. Each week, a particular spelling pattern (e.g. words ending in –tion or words containing ‘ough’) will be taught to children in class and the children will be given a list of words including this pattern to learn. Children will practise these spellings in school but are also expected to practise reading and spelling the words at home, in preparation for a spelling test on Fridays. This helps children to gain a greater understanding of the words so they can spell them correctly in their writing.
In addition to this, we also use Nessy Reading and Spelling. This is an online tool which involves games and activities to support the children in learning their spellings. In a trial of this programme, we found that children engaged with this well, were eager to learn and made good progress.