The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
Reading is an essential life skill and it is our intention that every child at Barley Close will learn to read and understand text making progress from their starting point.
In order to achieve this we teach reading in the following ways:
All children at Barley Close will learn to read and be exposed to an environment that demonstrates a love of reading.
In learning to read all our children will develop the skills that enable them to understand the written word and the meaning it carries both in terms of knowledge and understanding as well as imagination and creativity.
Our intent for writing sits alongside reading in that we want all children at Barley Close to be able to write as an effective means of communication and as a life-long skill. Though our book based curriculum we want our children to be inspired to write by the books they read and to show them how writing can be used as a tool to communicate, share ideas and open doors.
In order to achieve this we teaching writing in the following way:
All children at Barley Close will learn to write and be exposed to an environment that demonstrates the written word.
In learning to write all our children will develop the skills that enable them to understand that the written word carries meaning and is used as an effective means of communication as well as a tool to express ideas, imagination, views and opinions.
Speaking and Listening
Across the school we develop the children’s speaking and listening abilities as we believe this significantly compliments their reading and writing skills. We teach the children: turn taking, respecting the views of the others, poetry recitation, and formal presentations, as well as acting. There are opportunities for children to take part in productions including assemblies, events for special occasions such as Christmas, class assemblies and the Year 6 production.
Years 2 - 6 follow a key text each term as the basis of their English work. An overview of the texts used can be found below.
Phonics and Spelling at Barley Close
Spoken English has 44 sounds (phonemes) and these phonemes are represented by letters (graphemes). A sound can be represented by one letter or a group of letters, e,g. 'sh'.
At Barley Close children are taught these sounds in the order outlined in the attached Phonics and Spelling map, using techniques drawn from Read, Write, Inc. and Jolly Phonics.
Each term children learn set letters and sounds as well as key words. Some of these key words are decodable once letter sounds have been taught, e.g. 'it', but some are tricky and need to be learned by heart, e.g. 'was.' Children are taught to blend (merge sounds together to make a word) and segment (split words up into their sounds). They also learn to read alien words (nonsense words) in order to enhance the skill of blending.
In Key Stage 2 children are taught spellings in line with the English National Curriculum. Children are also taught words from the statutory word list as outlined in the English National Curriculum. These objectives and words are organised into year groups - see Phonics and Spelling map.
All children have access to an online reading programme called Reading Eggs. Below are links to help you understand the programme. It allows your child to access books at their level. They will be assessed the first time they log on and then books are chosen at the right reading age for your child. As well as reading they will also be able to do some comprehension activities and fun games along the way.
Reading eggs is for 3-7 year olds and Reading Eggspress is aimed at 7-13 year olds
Here is a Reading Eggspress video for parents
and here is one for Reading Eggs
heres one on the library
Reading eggs overview for students
Reading eggspress overview for students