Children build the foundations of speaking, reading and writing in our Early Years. From developing children’s vocabulary and language use through continuous provision, to encouraging gross motor skills to prepare children for the physical act of mark making and writing, all activities are carefully orchestrated to provide children with the best preparation for more formal learning in KS1.
Children in KS1 have 90 minutes of taught English a day, broken down into 45 minutes of phonics, spelling and handwriting through the Sounds-Write programme, and either a reading or writing lesson, using the CUSP curriculum.
Children in KS2 also have 90 minutes of taught English a day, broken down into a reading and a writing lesson, following the CUSP curriculum. In addition, children continue to develop their spelling and handwriting skills.
At Glemsford, reading is far more important to us than just a daily lesson. Our library has recently been revamped and children have access to an amazing range of classic and modern fiction, as well as an informative range of non-fiction titles for them to take home and enjoy. From Year 2 up, we use Accelerated Reader to support children to choose books at a suitable level and allow them to quiz on their books to check their understanding and progress.
We believe that children’s spoken language skills are very important to children’s learning across the curriculum. Every 3 weeks we set a whole school oracy target, introduced in an assembly and practised in classrooms.