English

The English curriculum is planned from the new National Curriculum 2014 objectives. 

Phonics Scheme

Grazeley Primary School teaches a synthetic phonics approaches using both the "Letters and Sounds" and "THRASS" scheme. The early years use supporting materials from "Jolly Phonics".

Children are taught in small groups across the school by both teachers and trained teaching assistants to ensure children are able to build on previous learning and progress at the appropriate rate. 

Please click the link below to see how each phoneme should be pronounced.

Interesting phonics activities and resources are available via the following link :

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

Handwriting formation

We teach handwriting using a cursive handwriting font encouraging children to be able to join their letters more easily as they become more confident writers. The connectivity of a simple cursive style is faster to write than the stop and start strokes of printing and increases continuity and fluidity in writing. In addition, some printed letters look similar and are easily reversed, like the ‘b’ and  ‘d’, which is often confusing to children. This is of particular value to children with learning challenges like Dyslexia and A.D.H.D.

Although this can initially seem challenging to younger children as they learn to read and write letters and words, they reap huge benefits later. If you would like to learn how to write each letter using our cursive script please download the powerpoint below and watch how each letter is formed. 

Reading

Children are taught to read using a combination of phonics development, learning to recognise sight vocabulary (tricky words such as the, is, to etc) and strategies to help children to understand what they are reading and discuss meaning.  This is mainly taught through "guided reading" where children work in small groups with an adult developing their reading skills with children at a similar developmental level, guided by the adult.

 

A range of books from different schemes are used to ensure the children experience a variety of genres and authors.

 

Parental support is vital in helping your child learn to read. Please look out for Reading workshops or download the resources from our workshops section of the website. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask your child's class teacher. 

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