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.
Reading books are taken from a selection of publications which have been banded into reading bands. This allows children to select the correct level of reading material with the choice of author and type of book.
At Catmose Primary we follow the order of sounds as prescribed by Letters and Sounds. We supplement this with many other schemes and resources to ensure that the children are learning their sounds in a multisensory approach. e.g. having a picture rhyme or an action to help them remember a particular sound. The children start learning single letter (grapheme) sounds (phoneme). They use these to blend (read) and segment (spell) words. As the children become more confident we teach them to recognise digraphs (2 letters on sound) and trigraphs (3 letters one sound). Throughout this time children will be engaged in playing games to support their learning and be encouraged to identify and recognise these sounds in their reading books as well as using these to spell words. The children then explore split digraphs (magic e) and alternatives for reading and spelling. All these skills are taught alongside a varied diet of books and other literature to ensure that the children become confident readers, who understand text and love books.