English lessons and reading sessions take place daily for every class.
Our English curriculum is based around key texts, which are aspirational and vocabulary-rich. Class teachers use a three-staged approach to planning around genres of writing: first, through ‘reading as a reader’, pupils are immersed in the texts, gaining an understanding the characters, themes and meanings. Then, through ‘reading as a writer’, the pupils can begin to imitate the features in their own writing, identifying key grammar, vocabulary and punctuation specific for their year group. Finally, when ‘writing as a writer’, the pupils innovate and apply what they have learnt into their own, entirely independent pieces of writing. They will have time to plan their writing, and edit their work, ensuing it is a reflection of their knowledge and ability.
English ‘Help Desks’ are used in every classroom so pupils can access resources such as dictionaries, thesauri, word mats, spell checkers etc.
ECPS follows the continuous cursive style of handwriting, which is taught and practised every day. Pupils in year 4 upwards work in a blue handwriting pen. Pupils in Year 3 can earn a ‘pen licence’ if their handwriting is of a sufficient standard.
Phonics is taught every day in FS and KS1 and spelling is taught every day in KS2.
Reading is taught explicitly, and we provide three reading opportunities for pupils. Whole class reading occurs daily, with the teacher and children reading the same text. The teacher models fluency of reading, whilst children following along with their own printed version of the text. This enables children to hear punctuation and age specific vocabulary. Guided reading takes place four times a week, where children answer targeted questions relating to an extract from an aspiration text. Children also have the opportunity to read independently at least once a week, to engage with a text of their own choice.