English is a core subject in our curriculum as it provides the medium through which we communicate and learn. English is all about communication and our desire is to enable our pupils, through the development of their language, to think deeply, express themselves clearly in spoken and written forms and gain enjoyment from high quality literature because they have the comprehension skills to be drawn into texts, the imaginations to see, hear and feel what is happening and the empathy skills to put themselves into the character's shoes.
Our English curriculum is divided into the teaching and learning of writing, reading and SPAG. However, this includes the teaching and learning of many skills such as oracy, phonic decoding and blending, comprehension and all of our learning attributes. Whilst the development of these strands of English require a focus on specific skills and knowledge, they are also interwoven.
In reception and Key Stage 1, children follow our phonics sequence of learning called Abberley Letters and Sounds. This is based on the letters and sounds document and carefully sequences phonetic development and assessment for each child. We use the Collins Big Cat reading scheme supplemented with books from the Oxford Reading Tree and other smaller schemes. Books are carefully matched to our sequence of learning to ensure pupils are able to access each book, having been exposed through systematic teaching to the phonemes, graphemes and key or 'tricky' words they contain.
Below you will find information relating to our curriculum including our progression documentation, further information on our core reading scheme and details of the literary framework that we expect to cover whilst a child learns with us.