The school teaches phonics through combining READ WRITE INC phonics and Letters and Sounds. This enables us to teach phonics in a structured, fun and progressive way with the flexibility to incorporate phonics games and other phonics activities.
The learning of phonics leads onto then children being taught how to blend their phonics into words and reading phonics based books. In year R the children read individually with their teacher to personally develop their application of their phonics and as this teaching develops in to GUIDED READING from Year 1 upwards. Guided Reading is group reading where the children are focusing on an aspect of reading that is new to them and progresses on to aspects of reading such as empathy and inference.
The school uses a range of books to support the children to develop their reading skills and the library is well sourced with a range of fiction and non-fiction books.
The school has a dedicated team of teachers who focus on different aspects of the curriculum, which include ENGLISH.
One of the areas of development this team have been focusing on is Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation. (SPAG) They have worked very hard together to create PILGRIMS' CROSS'S SPAG progression which details where different aspects of SPAG will be taught and also some interesting ways they can be introduced. SPAG is taught discreetly and also within English Mini-Learning Adventures.
Please see below for the full SPAG Progression Document.
ENGLISH MINI-LEARNING ADVENTURE
Each Learning Adventure will include several MINI LEARNING ADVENTURE which enable the children to learn specific English skills based on the children's prior knowledge and the End of Year Expectations for English. This enables the children to learn specific English skills and then apply them in an interesting context, this process is described in our school as FLOW in learning and for English is planned across the mini-adventure.
Below are some examples of these ENGLISH MINI LEARNING ADVENTURES and simple diagram showing the FLOW OF LEARNING FOR ENGLISH