27 October 2021
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English at Claremont

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 Letters and Sounds, up to Year 2), 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.

Please click on the links below for more information about how we teach phonics, information for parents on ways to support with learning phonics and reading in all year groups, as well as digital versions of the spelling games we use in class (if
you'd like to have a go at home). There is also a handy guide for supporting
your child's writing and punctuation in Key Stage 2:

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