English Curriculum at Anglesey
At Anglesey Primary Academy, English, the teaching of English is the foundation of our curriculum. Our main aim is to ensure every child becomes primary literate and progresses in the areas of spoken language, reading and writing. As part of AET, we share the common vision that:
Through an immersive journey, our pupils will build their
knowledge, skills and passion for language
At Anglesey, we believe that the three strands of the language curriculum – spoken language, reading, and writing – are interwoven. Spoken language is the basis for literacy development, particularly in the early primary years. Children need oral language skills in order to be proficient in reading and writing and they need to be proficient readers in order to further develop their oral language and writing skills. We ensure that there are plenty of opportunities for children to talk, share experiences and explain their thinking. We use Letters and Sounds to plan and sequence the teaching of phonics across EYFS and Year 1, which enables children to develop knowledge of sounds and letters, ensuring they have opportunities to read at their phonic phase. This is accompanied by lots of listening to and sharing stories, rhymes, songs and poems and retelling familiar stories in their own words. We also try to activate prior knowledge and provide experiences so that children have the knowledge they need to understand what they can decode. We follow the National Curriculum for the teaching of English.
During English lessons, through using high-quality texts, immersing children in vocabulary rich learning environments and ensuring a carefully planned mastery approach to the English curriculum, we aim to enable all learners to develop a love of reading, creative writing and purposeful spoken language. English at Anglesey Primary Academy is not only a daily lesson but is at the cornerstone of the entire curriculum. It is embedded within all our lessons and we will strive for a high level of English for all.
At Anglesey, our key principles of our curriculum intent are: Express - Create - Strive - Connect. Through our English curriculum, teachers plan to enable all learners to make connections between prior and current learning. We provide opportunities for all children to express their own knowledge and understanding through discussion and creative writing. We plan opportunities for children to justify, think independently and present their understanding in creative ways. We want children to strive to be resilient, confident and independent learners, achieving success in reading, writing and spoken language.
Reading at Anglesey
To ensure our children read with skill we:
- Teach the phonological skills required to decode texts in our daily phonics lessons in EYFS Reception and Y1 (some children will also have a daily phonics lesson in Y2)
- Carefully plan an immersive English learning journey, using quality texts
- Ensure opportunities for children to talk about the texts they read and develop their understanding
- Build upon prior knowledge and teach reading strategies
- Ask and answer questions about the class texts we read
- Use Accelerated Reader in Y5 and Y6
- Ensure opportunities for 1:1 reading
- Team children up for buddy reading
To ensure our children read with passion we:
- Develop children's engagement with, and understanding of, texts when reading as part of our English lessons
- Create a reading rich learning environment
- Nurture a joy of the exploration of language through sharing and celebrating their reading journey
- Visit the school library at least once every two weeks
- Visit the local community library in every year group at least once per year
- Read books to children daily in story time
- Offer reading workshops for parents
- Invite an author into school at least once per year
- Encourage and motivate children's independent reading through the Rocket Reader Scheme
- Record, praise and celebrate children's reading
Home Reading and Rocket Readers
We utilise a range of books from different publishers for our Home Reading Books. All books in EYFS and KS1 (Year 1 and 2) are organised by Phonic Phases so that children are reading books that match their phonic ability. Although books will also have a colour band, children will bring home books to read that match their current phonic phase of learning. Your child should be able to use their phonic knowledge to decode the words and read the books they bring home. If you have any concerns, please speak to your child's class teacher. Children will also have the opportunity to bring home a library book, from our school or classroom library, for pleasure - this is a book that the children individually select and may not be matched to their current phonic phase. Please enjoy time with your child reading their library book to them.
All children are expected to bring their reading diaries into school daily.
As an incentive for reading at home children can earn badges through the Rocket Readers scheme. Pupils will be awarded a different coloured badge every twenty-five times they read with a family member at home.
Pupils cannot receive more than 1 read each calendar day (e.g. if they have their diary signed twice on one day, it still only counts as 1 read).
If pupils read every day throughout the academic year, they can become exclusive members of the Reading Star Club and receive a reward for reading 300 times during the year! If children read every day for the whole year they will have 322 reads. Last year, all the children that earned their Reading Star badge had a visit from the ice cream van!
Writing at Anglesey
As part of each English unit of work, teachers plan the spoken language, reading and writing objectives children need to achieve. Teachers decide on the final writing outcome and 'plan backwards' from that to ensure children build the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to confidently create an independent piece of writing. Teachers also plan opportunities for children to 'publish' some of their final written outcomes, which lead to their work being displayed, shown to another class, shared with parents, made into a book for another year group to enjoy or being shared on our school website.
English Mastery Flow Model at Anglesey Primary Academy
At Anglesey, children in Years 1 - 6 will follow the English Mastery Flow structure so that they can make rich connections across the English curriculum. English units of work are planned to include reading and writing (as well as spoken language opportunities) allowing children to compare texts, develop as a reader and learn about authorial choices and their impact on the reader. Children can then use this knowledge to inform their own creative writing. For each unit of work, teachers plan 'flows' which enable children to develop the knowledge and understanding they need to produce their own writing. Teachers plan lessons which include a variety of high-quality texts and engaging, yet ambitious, activities. For each 'flow' within a unit of English, level of challenge increases in order for children to develop a deeper understanding of what is being taught. Teachers plan the initial teaching, independent application, probing questions, further extension tasks and problem-solving tasks.
We are now part of the Letter-join handwriting scheme and any of our pupils wishing to practise their handwriting at home can now log in to the Letter-join website on iPads and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers. There you will find the same, easy-to-use handwriting resources as we use at school. You can login by clicking on the link opposite.
Once logged-in, you will be able to watch how to form all the letters of the alphabet using the same style that we use at school. You can then trace over the letters and words on your tablet and print out the worksheets from your PC for real handwriting practice.
At Anglesey we follow the No Nonsense Spelling programme from Y2 to Y6. The No Nonsense Spelling programme is a comprehensive yet accessible progression in the teaching of spelling. The focus of the programme is on the teaching of spelling, which embraces knowledge of spelling conventions – patterns and rules; but integral to the teaching is the opportunity to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings.
The programme is designed to meet the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum with clear progression through blocks of teaching units across each year from Y2 - Y6.
No Nonsense Spellings Teaching Sequence
The programme has been written broadly following a teaching sequence for spelling, whereby each new concept is taught, practised and then applied and assessed. Frequently there is also a ‘Revise’ session before the teaching session. A typical teaching sequence is as follows:
Updated November 2019