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English

Approach

In English lessons at Manland, children are taught speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through studying a variety of styles of genres.  We work hard to ensure the children’s learning links to the skills they are developing across the curriculum as we feel that this enhances their learning experiences in English.   Teachers follow the Teaching Sequence for Writing, which means that children will firstly be taught to read and understand the text, then practise the skills of the style of writing (including grammar) before applying it into their own writing.

Aims

In line with our teaching and learning policy we believe that the English curriculum should offer rich and varied opportunities to inspire all children to acquire develop and apply a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills. We want our children to:

  • Develop powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
  • Acquire and use suitable vocabulary.
  • Be effective, confident communicators who are able to express themselves clearly in a range of genres.
  • Be active listeners who are able to consider and respond appropriately to experiences and opinions of others.
  • Read accurately, fluently with understanding, interest and enjoyment.
  • Use a wide range of text types and genres including reference materials.
  • Write with growing confidence and precision in a widening variety of forms for different purposes.

Phonics and Reading

At Manland, we want our children to be enthusiastic, confident and fluent readers.  To enable our children to have a life-long love of reading we start the teaching of reading in the Early Years Foundation Stage through the Letters and Sounds synthetic phonics programme.  As the children progress through Key Stage One, their repertoire of known phonemes and graphemes will increase through the continuation of synthetic phonics.  We encourage children to read a wide range of texts, and as they continue through the school, this will be fostered through planned guided reading sessions and opportunities to read across the curriculum.

Spelling

Spelling is an integral part of our teaching and learning in English.  The children learn spelling patterns which build on their phonics knowledge.  For ideas and guidance on helping your child with their spelling, please see the attached “Spelling Booklet for Parents and Carers”.

Ways you can help your child with English

  • Talk to your child, developing their vocabulary and listening skills. Teach them to take turns when speaking and to listen carefully to what others say.
  • Read to your child. Visit the library for a free, varied and interesting variety of books.
  • Hear your child read regularly. Ask questions to check their understanding and help them to read between the lines.
  • Always make sure your child does their homework and brings it to school on time.
  • Play games to help with spelling such as Scrabble

Years 1-6: English Coverage

At Manland, the Primary National Curriculum for English is implemented through the coverage of the following modules for each year group.

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Text Type Units
  • Stories with predictable phrases
  •  Labels, lists and captions
  •  Recount
  • Rhyming Poetry
  • Contemporary fiction reflecting children’s own experiences
  • Report
  • Instructions
  • Traditional Tales-Fairy tales
  • Explanations
  •  Poetry Appreciation
  • Take one Book
  • Traditional tales-Fairy Tales
  • Explanations
  • Recount
  • Calligrams
  •  Stories with recurring language
  • Report
  •  Shape poems
  • Traditional Tales-Myths and creation stories
  •  Instructions
  • Poetry Appreciation
  • Take one Book

 

  • Traditional Tales-Fables
  • Writing and performing a play
  •  Recount
  • Instructions (giving directions)
  • Limericks
  • Traditional Tales-alternative versions of fairy tales
  •  Explanations
  • Report
  • Haiku, Tanka and Kennings Poems
  • Adventure Stories
  • Persuasion
  •  Poetry Appreciation
  • Take One Book
  • Traditional Tales-Myths (Quests)
  • Report
  • Riddles
  • Writing and Performing a play
  • Story settings
  • Persuasion
  • Narrative Poems
  • Stories with a theme
  • Discussion
  • Explanation
  • Poetry Appreciation
  • Take One Book
  • Traditional Tales-Legends
  •  Recount
  • Explanation
  •  Cinquain poems
  • Suspense and mystery
  • Persuasion
  • Instructions
  • Spoken Poetry/Rap
  •  Fiction from our Literacy Heritage
  • Report
  •  Discussion
  •  Poetry Appreciation
  • Take One Book
  •  Fiction Genres
  • Explanation
  • Recounts
  • Report
  • Key narrative techniques e.g. creating settings, characterisation, atmosphere
  • Persuasion
  •  Discussion
  • Monologues
  • Study Skills focus
  • Debates
  • Poetry Appreciation
  • Take One Book

*Please see Stars’ class page for information about the Early Years.