English

The expert in anything was once a beginner

Our Mission:

English, whether spoken, written or listened to, under-pins all areas of our curriculum and at Beacon Academy our aim is to provide the children with the skills which are essential to participate fully as a member of modern British Society. We do this with a sense of enjoyment and purpose as the children go about their learning by providing a high quality education in English which will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that their ideas and emotions can be communicated to others.

At Beacon we want to give the children a chance to build a ‘love’ for reading which will make them life-long readers. Through this reading, our children are given the opportunities to develop culturally, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

We wish to inspire and encourage the children’s creativity through their writing, whilst underpinning the “basics” of grammar, spelling and punctuation. We celebrate national events such as National Poetry Day and World Book Day and we encourage the children to enter competitions. To enhance their enjoyment of English, we enjoy visits from authors and theatre companies and we also take the children on visits to the theatre.

At Beacon...

We LOVE writing!

Phonics

The teaching of phonics at Beacon Academy is based on Letters and Sounds (DfE). Phonemes are taught in the specified order of the 'Letters and Sounds' document. In Nursery, children take part in a range of activities which are mainly adult led and listening skills are embedded so that pupils move confidently through the next 5 phases.

All classes support the teaching of phonics through phonics displays.

Foundation Stage and Key Stage all receive daily phonic lessons and are assessed every 6 weeks. Key Stage 2 reinforce phonic knowledge through daily spellings and grammar sessions.

Parents' Phonics Handbook.pdf