We teach English skills folllowing the National Curriculum, although much of our English links with other areas of the curriculum and to our topic choices.
Reading is the beginning point for our children in English, starting in EYFS with learning phonics. This continues through to Year 3 and if necessary into Key Stage 2 with intervention. See the phonics page for more details.
In EYFS and Key Stage 1 children take part in daily guided reading sessions. Once fluency is developed, children begin to improve their comprehension and inference skills through 'Reading for inference' lessons. Have a look at the reading page for more information.
Reception - the initial focus is on developing children’s language and understanding of story structure in a language-rich environment. Children need to be able to talk about stories they’ve read and apply this language to their own stories and play before learning to read.
In daily phonic lessons, children learn how to read and decode simple CVC words and irregular ‘tricky words’. All of these skills need to be in place before a child picks up an unknown book to read.
Once a child is ‘ready’ they will then take part in guided reading sessions in small groups. These daily sessions firstly teach children key reading skills; how to hold a book, turn pages, track the words, make sensible guesses, use pictures as prompts and how to apply their phonic knowledge.
They will be asked questions to ascertain their understanding of the text, and given the opportunity to share their opinions and ideas with others. Children also have the opportunity to take guided reading books home to share with parents.
Year 1 & 2 - children take part in guided reading sessions and have frequent opportunities to read on a one to one basis.
Children in EYFS - Year 2 have books relevant to the appropriate band they are on.
Year 3 - 6 - Children take part in daily 'Reading for inference' sessions. These sessions build on the childrens ability to infer meaning, develop vocabulary, understand meaning of words and learn strategies to understand text. They use the following strategies:
Children in Year 3 to 6 use accelerated reader for their independent reading books.
Experiences, 'Wow' moments and high quality texts provide our children with the stimulus to write for. We always aim to provide a purpose for writing and children have experience publishing their work. Grammar is taught as part of the English sequence. Take a look below to find out more about writing at Welland Academy.
At Welland Academy we aim to ensure as much writing as possible has a purpose, from writing letters, writing to perform or making our own books.
We use The Write Stuff approach across the school which focuses on teaching children 'lenses' through the writing rainbow.
The children first learn the lenses from the Fantastics in EYFS and Year 1. This develops their vocabulary.
From Year 1 upwards, the children learn to develop the grammatical skills and widen their vocabulary and then apply this in their writing through the Writing Rainbow.
Children learn to write in a cursive style from Reception. When children have consistently neat, joined handwriting they are awarded a pen licence. At Welland Academy we use Letter-join to support the teaching of handwriting.
Each week we celebrate children's writing by publishing it online. Pobble is an online platform where parents can see their child's writing. Have a look at our page on Pobble.