First and foremost, we believe that English should be fun! English includes reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Lessons are inspired by the use of film, engaging texts (through the Power of
Reading) and drama. Children have lots of opportunities to talk and work with others, as well as time to reflect upon and edit their writing, following feedback. Spelling and GPS (Grammar, Punctuation& Spelling), including the teaching of synthetic phonics through our new Sys
tematic Synthetic Phonics Program: Super Sonic Phonic Friends
(DfE validated) , are reinforced through games and carefully monitored across the school, alongside the reading and writing data.
We have a fully-stocked reading scheme, which includes texts from the Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cats phonics, Songbirds and Floppy Phonics. We have both fiction and non-fiction reading scheme books (including a range of graphic novels), as well as poetry in all stages. The learning environment is used to support and
enhance learning: working walls provide a point of reference and steps to
success and displays share work the children are proud of.
The DfE have decided not to revise Letters and Sounds as a tool to teach phonics moving forward but to validate various Systematic Synthetic Phonic (SSP) Programmes that meet certain criteria. In line with DfE guidance the Claremont team have been exploring and researching the scheme that will best suit the pupils of our school and ensure a fidelity across the school for the teaching of phonics and reading. All schools have been asked to consider the urgency of this
change in line with both their current provision and last published phonic data-
ie. that at the end of the school year 2018/19, and indeed, whether they need
to consider switching at all.
Although our Year 1 Phonics results 2019 were 95%, we are on track to secure a new SSP by the end of Spring term 2022. Our information to support at home will be updated on the website as soon as this is in place.
At the end of Term 4, the Early Years and Key Stage 1 team were trained to introduce and implement Super Sonic Phonics Friends. Resources and guidance will be available to parents to support at home, shortly.
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