English at St. Agnes Primary School
Coordinator: Miss S. Donnelly
St. Agnes' school is passionate about language and literature. We teach reading through guided reading daily, where the children are grouped into 6s and have the opportunity to work with their class teacher once per week, and the other four days are completing other reading based activities. We teach a wide variety of writing genres also.
St. Agnes also uses the Accelerated Reading Scheme - highly successful in helping the children to progress rapidly in their reading - not only enabling them to decode well, but to read for meaning. "Cracking comprehension" is also used in KS2 to teach the children the skills they need to access reading objectives and to give them the skills needed to partake in independent reading tasks/tests.
Phonics, Spelling and Grammar
In the Early Years and KS1, we use the London Borough of Tower Hamlets phonics plans to further develop reading and spelling. In KS2, we link reading to spelling and grammar using the "No Nonsense" spelling scheme.
St. Agnes teach a wide range of writing genres across the school, as well as using the London Borough of Tower Hamlets guidelines on genres to teach and end of year expectations. We also practice Pie Corbett's strategy of "Talk for Writing" to story map and commit texts to memory before embarking on independent written work. To further improve our written work, we use "Alan Peat's" sentence types and word games.
Miss S. Donnelly
Alan Peat - Guided Reading Question Stems - help with questioning your child during reading.
End of Year Expectations