Subject Leaders: Ashley Loasby & Emily Allsopp
At Kettering Buccleuch Academy (Primary) we believe that English is a fundamental life skill. English develops children’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes. Children are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and media texts. Children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Children use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations. Children aim for our children to write as readers and read as writers.
On entry to Kettering Buccleuch Academy, an initial phonics assessment is completed, Phonics is then taught as a discrete subject based on ability and confidence. During early phonics session (at the beginning of the year), Teachers ensure children can hear the sound before moving onto segmenting/ blending. This is taught through showing the sound card, saying the sound card during circle time. In addition to this, children are taught the alphabet sounds and letter names (Phase one).
When children are secure with this. They are moved onto Phase two (see below). Children are then expected to use the letter sound (which they have learnt and are secure in) to begin to read words. Although there is no time limit as such, the alphabet (letter names and sounds) will have been taught in the programme of teaching by Christmas. This is then when the reading and writing of words becomes the main focus of Early Year Phonic sessions.
At Kettering Buccleuch Academy we aim to create a stimulating environment in which children are actively encouraged to enjoy books, and are motivated to want to read independently. We strive to ensure that our children become successful, fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One. We believe that this is achievable through high quality, discrete teaching of phonics. Our children should read effectively for different purposes, across all subjects, and acquire the key phonics skills and understand the rules governing the structure of language.
To teach English in KS2 at Kettering Buccleuch Academy (Primary), we use a genre driven approach which covers a balance of non-fiction and narrative. To ensure that the children enjoy and progress in English, we use engaging, interesting texts and topics to inspire our units of work. Each year group has an overview of genres to be taught in each term which is followed to ensure adequate coverage. The Reading Journey is underpinned by the ethos of the teacher being the reading expert. This enables children to be immersed by high-quality text, not having a roof put on their learning because of their reading age. The teaching of Reading has been embedded throughout KS2 in a whole class format, children are exposed to higher-level vocabulary, listen to the teacher as the expert and unpicking the text through personalised comprehension questions based around the skills being taught.