English

The children have daily English lessons. Children with English as an additional language are well supported. As part of their English studies children develop skills in:

  • Spoken Language
  • Reading – word reading and comprehension (both listening and reading)
  • Writing – transcription (spelling and handwriting) & composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing)

Spoken Language

Being able to speak clearly and confidently is crucial. It also helps children to read and write more successfully. Communication skills are fostered throughout our pupils’ time at Raynville, from Nursery to Year 6. Talk is planned for, discussion in the classroom encouraged during lessons and role play/drama is an important part of the curriculum across school. All children are given the opportunity to perform in public in class, in assemblies and year group plays. In Key Stage 2 the children take part in history days in role as Vikings, Tudors, Victorians, and World War 2 evacuees. We often have visiting theatre groups to perform to the children.

Reading (including phonics)

Children are introduced to the Oxford Reading Tree in Nursery and Reception and this, together with the Collins Big Cat scheme, are the basis for their reading work in Key Stage 1. Phonics learning plays a major part in our teaching of reading (see later). In Key Stage 2 we have an additional reading scheme, Bug Club, and the children progress to reading a range of fiction and non-fiction material. There are libraries in all key stages.

Children are taught to read on an individual basis in one to one reading sessions with a teaching adult and during group, guided reading sessions.
Children are encouraged to read with their parents at home and fill in the reading record. When children read at home they make more progress.
Phonics – Children are taught phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme. They have daily phonics lessons from the start of Reception until the end of Year 2, so that they will develop fluent word reading skills and have good foundations in spelling. During the sessions the children learn how to sound out and then blend the sounds together in order to read unfamiliar words quickly and accurately. They also learn how to segment a word into its different sounds in order to spell it.

Writing

We teach children to write in a variety of styles and for different purposes. Accurate use of grammar, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation is taught as part of our English programme. Leading lines joined handwriting is taught in school and we expect most children to be using a fluent joined-up script by the end of year 3. Children are taught to write fiction and non-fiction. They are taught to edit and improve their work.