At Monega we follow the National Curriculum for all subjects. The curriculum contains the programmes of study and attainment targets for all subjects, at all key stages. All local authority-maintained schools in England must be teaching these programmes of study from September 2014.
English at Monega Primary School
English is a major area of the school curriculum since children need to use and develop their English skills: discussing, listening, reading, writing and thinking skills throughout the day.
In line with the New National English Curriculum the teaching of English is structured to help develop skills in:
Phonics sessions (RWI) begin in Early Years, teaching children their letter/sound recognition alongside handwriting skills. As children progress, these phonics sessions help to develop reading and spelling skills. High frequency words are taught in Early Years and throughout KS1 and early KS2 to aide sight recognition and spelling of frequently occurring words.
We encourage developmental writing from an early age to give children the confidence to put their ideas onto paper as this will help children to see themselves as writers/authors from the very beginning. Writing skills are developed using exciting visual aids (e.g. pictures, paintings, puppets, models, special objects) and we encourage participation with role play/drama and lots of discussion.
We model writing skills through shared and guided writing sessions, and develop grammar, punctuation and spelling skills in preparation for a more extended piece of writing. Drafting, redrafting and proof-reading an initial piece of writing will help children to correct any errors and to improve and extend their writing. It is also important to consider an outcome for children’s writing, as publishing a piece of writing will help each child to perceive him/herself as a real author with an audience in mind.