English Curriculum

 

 Writing at Christ Church

At Christ Church we give all children the opportunity to be skilled, creative writers. We aim to develop a love of writing through text and cross curricular based writing opportunities from Reception through to Year 6.

Writing Skills

 

Please click on your child's year group below to see the main writing skills covered

 Year 1       Year 2       Year 3       Year 4        Year 5       Year 6

 

Spelling

Spelling is taught in different ways, according to the needs of the children. Teaching of spelling occurs alongside phonics teaching in KS1 and several times a week during literacy lessons in KS2.  Many children learn best when set investigations and more open-ended tasks. Through these tasks, they learn more about words, as well as learning to spell lists of words. We use an interactive online program called Spellodrome to engage children in their spelling learning. Through this program, we ensure full coverage of the 2014 National Curriculum.

 

Grammar and Punctuation

Grammar and punctuation are given high priority at Christ Church. Children learn about word classes (types and groups of words) and how these are used to build good sentences. We spend a lot of time making sure that children can write sentences that make sense, and then use a lot of different devices to help make their writing interesting to read. 

Click here to see examples of sentence types and connectives.

Click here to see some definitions for basic grammar and the way we use red, blue and green conjunctions to aid our writing.

 

 Phonics and Reading

From EYFS to Year 3, Phonics is taught in discrete, 20 minute, daily sessions as suggested in the Rose Review (2006). The Letters and Sounds document is used as a scheme for planning and delivery. Children’s phonic knowledge is tracked from Reception on a school pro forma.

Children access reading books which complement the phonics they are learning and are encouraged to use a range of decoding strategies from an early age. These reading books follow the Oxford reading tree book bands.

 

Decoding Stragegies:

  1. Phonics – using sounds

  2. Word recognition – breaking up the word; looking for words within words

  3. Context – using pictures / diagrams; using understanding about the topic

  4. Grammatical – using punctuation; known prefixes / suffixes

     

Children are taught reading through guided, whole class and independent reading sessions. To support reading development we follow the Accelerated Reader program, which allows children to be individually assessed and bring home books tailored to their specific reading level. Once these books have been read, they complete an online quiz which tracks their progress and informs class teachers of their next steps in reading.