English

Scaffolds for Learning

Scaffolds for Learning are the methods of support that we give the children in school and at home. We use a variety of approaches to reinforce the knowledge and skills that we want our children to learn.  Below is a selection of the activities that we use for English.

Early Reading and Phonics
In Early Years and Key Stage 1 we teach synthetic phonics. We use the Read, Write Inc programme in school and send home stage appropriate reading books  which support the teaching which has been done in school. These books are fully phonetically decodable.  
 
There are some great videos on how to pronounce each phoneme (the smallest unit of sound) on the Oxford Owl website 
After children can read fluently, they move on to a range of other books.
 
Class story, Cozy Chair and Cbeebies Bedtime Story
In Kestrel Class the children listen to a wide variety of stories in 'real life' as well as pre-recorded high quality stories from The Cozy Chair and Cbeebies. The staff use carefully planned questions to help the children get the most out of each story. 
 
Book Trust
The Book Trust has a superb website which is full of activities for young readers as well as stories to listen to.
 
Listening to Children Read
We listen to Key Stage 1 and 2  children read regularly in school and expect that they will read daily at home too. When Early Years children are confident with segmenting and blending then they will start to take home phonetically decodable reading books. Please see below for some useful questions to ask your child while listening to them read or while sharing a book with them.
Spelling
We start to teach spelling through phonics in Early Years but this is then followed by learning spelling patterns in the rest of the school. Each child has a weekly spelling lesson with follow up activities to complete throughout the week. We also subscribe to Spelling Shed and each child has an account. This app and website lets us set games and activities for children to participate in to practise their weekly spellings. 
Handwriting
Letter formation is taught from Early Years and continues to be taught and refined throughout the school. As you would imagine, we teach handwriting with pencil and paper but also using a variety of multisensory approaches which help build muscle memory and  the fine motor control needed to use a pencil correctly. 
We use an app called LetterJoin as part of our handwriting sessions and this is available to parents to use at home as well.
Each child has a login to LetterJoin .
Writing
Children spend a lot of their school lives writing, not only in English lessons.  We want our children to be confident writers who can plan a piece of work and then use that plan to deliver a well thought out, relevant piece which they are proud of. 
 
Planning is one of the key components to good writing - without it the cognitive overload of writing can become too much and a child's writing will be of a much lower quality.
 
To help with planning their writing, the children use several different planning formats. The formats are different as each genre of writing will require different features to be included.Please see the links below to these documents and our rationale for using them.