English is taught daily at Applegarth Academy. We follow the new English National Curriculum using texts and teaching sequences from the ‘Power of Reading’ project. We also combine this with ‘Talk for Writing’ as we believe orally rehearsing ideas supports the children with their writing. Children are encouraged to use the skills they learn in their discrete English lessons in all areas of the curriculum. We provide speaking and listening opportunities in all subject areas through group work, role play, drama activities and presentations.
Children in Nursery to Year 3 receive a daily phonics session as a basis for learning to read. Children develop their knowledge of letter sounds and learn the skills they need to tackle new words. Additional phonic support is available for children in other year groups who may need it.
Reading is of high importance and is an integral part of life at Applegarth. Years 2-6 follow a Reciprocal Reading approach in our daily guided reading sessions in class. Children also have one to one reading support with their class teacher, our teaching assistants or parent volunteers. Computer based programmes are also used to support literacy skills, these include Lexia and Wordshark.
We strive to foster a love of reading for pleasure. All children visit our school library once a week and Key Stage 1 children also have the opportunity to share a book with a Key Stage 2 ‘reading buddy’. Class teachers read to their class daily to promote a love of books.