In the Early Years, English is known as Communication, Language and English and is one of 6 areas of learning taught on a daily basis, through the indoor and outdoor learning environments. This indoor and outdoor learning is continued into KS1.
In the Early Years and KS1, we lay the foundations to enable children to want to be successful readers and writers. We aim to make the learning in English as ‘real’ to the children as possible, as without a true purpose the children will not see the reason for reading and writing.
At Catmose Primary, we follow our own Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) Programme, using Q Phonics actions and handwriting stories to ensure consistency in pupils’ learning of Grapheme Phoneme Correspondences (GPCs). To see our Phonics Progression document, please click here. In EYFS and KS1, pupils have daily Phonics lessons (which lead into spelling lessons in Year 2 and into KS2) following the same lesson structure of Review, Teach, Practise and Apply. Pupils are exposed to range of literature during English lessons, which are in addition to Phonics sessions.
Our colour banded reading books are from Badger Learning which ensures consistency in allocation to bands. Banded reading books in EYFS and KS1 link to the different phonics phases to ensure that pupils have the prior knowledge to be able to access to book independently. Our reading bands continue into KS2 to provide increasing challenge.