At Trinity Road, we aim to provide the children with a creative English curriculum which encourages a love of reading and writing whilst also developing the concepts of Respect, Achieve, Belong.
English Teaching Sequence
At Trinity Road Primary School, we endeavour to align our English writing with our topic. Each term we have one or two focus stimuli (books, videos, poetry) and our writing is inspired from this.
Each week, children will develop their reading skills and grammar skills within discrete lessons. They will also have a chance to plan writing and then produce an independent extended piece of writing.
It is expected that children are exposed to a variety of text types and have the opportunity to write fiction and non-fiction texts throughout the year including:
- Narrative story writing
- Non-chronological reports / information texts
- Recounts of events
- Traditional tales, fairy tales, fables or myths
- Discussions and persuasion
Children in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ framework which teaches children to read and spell using graphemes. Children are taught through the use of games, rhymes and songs, using a range of resources.
Year 2 Phonics Information
Presentation and information from the Year 2 phonics information session.
Reading and comprehension
Each week, the children are given the opportunity to develop their reading skills through two explicitly taught reading lessons. These can involve developing reading fluency through choral reading, practising using appropriate intonation by text marking or teaching a comprehension skill. Comprehension skills include: fluency, word meaning, retrieval, summarising, inference, prediction, understanding meaning, language choice and comparing. Within each of these areas, there are specific statements for each year group allowing for clear progression between year groups. Each term, it is expected that these skills are taught and evidence is collected for each child to ensure that they are meeting age related expectations.
Although reading is taught explicitly in English lessons, there are further opportunities for reading at other times during the school day. At the end of each day, each class has a book which they read for pleasure and discuss. During this reading time, we refer to a reading wall in each classroom which displays key questions linked to the book. We also take this opportunity to model reading and embed reading skills that have been learnt as well as reinforcing grammar and punctuation knowledge.
In the wider curriculum, children are exposed to a variety of different texts linking to topic and all classes have the opportunity to use the library once a week.
Throughout the year, the children have opportunities to further develop their love of reading through a variety of events.