English- Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
At Rush Green Primary School, we have designed our Literacy curriculum so that it provides children with the essential skills they will need to prepare them for future life-long learning. We strongly believe that giving our children a thorough grounding in Literacy will enable them to access a huge range of opportunities in later life, such as higher education, career progression and the ability to read critically amongst an ever-evolving society.
In each year group, children are exposed to a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. Examples vary from traditional tales, fantasy stories and poetry to newspapers, historical reports and instructional writing. While exploring such a broad range of genres, children are encouraged to talk about their reading and writing: exploring themes and ideas, forming opinions of their own, and playing with language in a positive, nurturing environment. Speaking and listening is a key part of each lesson and at Rush Green Primary School, we believe every child’s contribution should be heard and valued.
We use quality-first teaching to build on prior learning and ensure our curriculum is accessible for all learners. Imagination is not only encouraged, but also supported and developed at our school. We believe in the importance of giving children ownership of their writing and feeling proud of what they’ve achieved, as we are proud of every one of them.
How we Teach Reading
At Rush Green Primary School we use the Letters and Sounds programme, supplemented by Jolly Phonics as our preferred way of delivering high quality teaching of synthetic phonics.
A great emphasis is placed on the teaching of phonics. During the Foundation stage and Key Stage 1 phonics will be taught using a rigorous and systematic approach following the above mentioned programme.
In Key Stage 2, children’s phonic knowledge continues to be developed following the ‘Support for Spelling’ and National Curriculum SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) programme.
If you would like more information on the programmes we use, please follow the links below: