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.
At St Agnes we use THE Partnership Phonics Programme. This is a systematic synthetic phonics programme based on ‘Letters and Sounds’ which promotes the use of phonics as the prime route to reading unknown words.
All children receiving phonics instruction read decodable books matched to their phonics knowledge both in school and at home. (Big Cat and Pearson’s decodable books)
THE Partnership Phonics Programme is designed for daily teaching sessions (from early in reception) in a clearly defined, incremental sequence. This sequence enables children to read and spell many words early on. It progresses from simple to more complex phonic knowledge and skills, cumulatively covering all the major GPCs (grapheme-phoneme correspondences) in English. This structured route aims for children to meet or exceed the expected standard in the Y1 PSC (Phonics Screening Check) and all national curriculum expectations for word reading through decoding by the end of KS1.
There are four key concepts that we teach to all pupils, these are:
There are three key skills that we teach to all pupils, these are:
Common exception words:
Common exception words enable children to read texts. These words are kept at a minimum in the early phases.
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The national curriculum refers to these as ‘common exception words’ because they contain grapheme phoneme correspondences that are unusual or have not yet been taught. Common exception words are built into each phase of the programme, and it is not an expectation that children will be provided with lists of words to learn.
Each lesson is built around direct teaching sessions (revise, hear, read, write, apply), with extensive teacher-child interaction. Throughout each session, children are expected to actively engage in the learning. Each lesson involves a multisensory approach (see lesson plan structure). The lesson structure provides a consistent approach where children get to know what is coming next and minimum time is spent explaining new activities. The teaching and learning activities are interesting and engaging but firmly focused on intensifying the learning associated with the phonic goal. Any computer resources used by schools must match the order of GPCs and not be used to replace direct teaching by the teacher.
Assessment is carried out at regular intervals with top-up sessions provided to support children who are at risk of falling behind.
Spelling and Grammar
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
Please have a look at the information below on building vocabulary taken from The School Run website here: