At Newchurch, we follow the National Curriculum for English. Each year, the children will cover a range of suggested texts from the English programmes of study and are enhanced by other text types and genres to support the whole curriculum.
It is important to us that the children make progression in English, and therefore we have linked this to the teaching of grammar, punctuation and spelling also. We hope that this will help pupils gain an understanding of the multiplicity of genre and texts, alongside their growing grammar skills. Most importantly, they will then be able to use their writing and grammatical skills within varying contexts across all the other areas of the curriculum.
Included in each term is a 'Reading Robin Recommends' section which allows for the teacher to consider the every changing interests in children's literature. This unit involves the children reading for pleasure and all the cross curricular nature of the text being exploited to enable the children to develop their love of reading. Teachers use Letters and Sounds to support their teaching of phonics and use Support for Spelling to deliver learning objectives. Based on pupil conferencing, the school has improved its resources for reading. We now have Project X and Bug Club as our main guided reading schemes and use a range of schemes for home readers e.g. Rigby Star, Oxford Press - Treetops and Fireflies and Big Cat.