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English

At Langshott Primary, we follow the 2014 Primary National Curriculum for English. 

The new curriculum consists of three main areas: Speaking & Listening, Reading and Writing. Within these areas there are sub-categories.

 Spoken Language

The national curriculum for English reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing.

Reading

The new curriculum divides the skill of reading into two sub-categories: "Word reading" & "Comprehension". By the end of year 6, the expectation is that children will be fluent readers. We promote a love of reading at Langshott  in various ways e.g. through stimulating book areas, regular library visits and author visits. 

Phonics

At Langshott we use "Letters & Sounds" as our phonics scheme of work. This consists of 6 phases. Children are expected to reach Phase 5 by the end of year 1.

Nationally, a statutory  phonics test is carried out in Year 1. Those children who do not meet the required standard in Year 1, retake the assessment in year 2.

Children in KS2 continue to participate in a structured phonic lesson until they attain the standard.

By year 3 and in the rest of KS2, for most children, the teaching emphasis shifts from the learning of phonic knowledge, to the application of that knowledge when developing spelling strategies.

Reading Schemes

We use a range of reading schemes and "real books" which are colour banded according to the Institute of Education's system (and linked to bug club). Children are regularly assessed as they develop as readers to ensure that they are developing both decoding skills and comprehension skills. 

Writing

In the new curriculum, writing consists of two areas: Transcription (spelling and handwriting) & Composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing). We use cross-curriculum themes to engage and stimulate writing; adapting our planning to suit the children's interests. Children have opportunities to write for a range of purposes. 

Handwriting

We use a cursive script at Langshott. Children in EYFS are taught letter formation which includes the lead-ins as this facilities a smooth transition from print to joined cursive writing. Correct letter formation is vital to ensure efficient fluent writing. Our expectations are that the majority of children will leave year 2 with fluent joined writing. Where children need extra support, specific intervention work will take place.

 

Spelling

The lists below are words that your child will be learning to spell throughout their time at Langshott Primary School. Children are expected to know and use the age-related words in their independent writing. Each week in spelling lessons, the children are taught a new rule/spelling pattern which they are expected to learn for the weekly spelling test. These rules/patterns come from the National Curriculum appendix (please see below).

We would be grateful if you could support your child at home in discussing, learning to read and spelling the words from the lists relevant to their year group.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239784/English_Appendix_1_-_Spelling.pdf