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The school is committed to delivering a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum to all children. The curriculum is differentiated so that it can challenge and stretch, yet support the needs of all learners. In 2014 the New National Curriculum that was introduced.

In reading 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.

Within writing the 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 for specific year groups can be seen here.

From this September, the Government has made a huge change in the way that children in schools are to be assessed. It ties in with the New National Curriculum, for years R – 5 and for Year 6 this year. The old system of National Curriculum levels is no longer in place but schools are now asked to set up their own way of assessing pupils against the new requirements. This is a new way of thinking for schools and assessment will look very different to how it has done for the past twenty years.  If not levels, then what?  The new National Curriculum is organised around clearly described expectations in every year group in every subject. We would anticipate a child in Year 4 to fully understand all the expectations that have been set for Year 4 children; the same is true for every other year group. For both teachers and parents it should now be easier to establish whether a child has reached the expected level of knowledge and understanding for any ‘average’ child in that year group.

English Workshop 20th July 2016 presentation

Reading Scheme

Please click here for a guide of how the Read Write Inc. Phonics (RWI) works.

Reading scheme for EYFS, KS1 and KS2

EYFS

Children in Reception are introduced to reading with a mixture of texts from the ‘Jelly and Bean’ and the ‘Dandelion readers’ scheme. The books are colour coded into a level of challenge, which pupils work through sequentially. Children will change their reading books regularly when the class teacher, in partnership with reading taken place at home, deems that the child is ready to progress onto the next text. Every child has an individual reading diary and staff will hear the children read regularly across the week.

Key stage 1

Children in KS1 have a wide variety of different reading schemes to suit all tastes and widen their experiences of reading. The books are colour coded into a level of challenge, which pupils work through sequentially. They will take part in guided reading activities every day and classroom based staff will listen to each child read at least once a week. Children have the opportunity to change their reading book every day.

Key stage 2

Children at KS2 have access to a range of reading materials to enhance their reading and comprehension skills.. The books are colour coded into a level of challenge, which pupils work through sequentially. Independent reading is recorded in individual diaries, which is checked weekly by the class teacher. Once children have progressed onto chapter books, they may choose from a range of free reading chapter books from our class library or they may bring in chapter books from home.