English at Eliot Bank
The development of language and English is at the heart of everything we do at Eliot Bank. We want our children to leave primary school as confident and skilled readers, writers, listeners and communicators. Emphasis on this starts in Nursery and continues right the way through to Year 6.
For phonics and early reading, the children at Eliot Bank follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised scheme. Starting in Reception, children will read in small groups with an adult, where the focus is on decoding, prosody and comprehension. For more information about the way we teach phonics and early reading, use the link below:
Phonics and Early Reading - Information For Parents
When children are learning to read, it is imperative that they practise independently with fully decodable books, which are matched to their secure phonic knowledge. In Reception and the beginning of year 1, we will use Big Cat Collins books and e-books to support this early reading practice.
The children will also bring home a book which you can share with them to encourage a love of reading. As the children become more proficient at reading through Key Stage 1, they will have the opportunity to choose from a wider variety of books, including high-quality picture books and short novels. Reading records are provided to children and include a variety of activities to support the love of books at home. These journals also provide parents with a means of communicating their child’s reading progress and habits at home with the class teacher.
Children receive short, fun daily sessions to develop their phonic knowledge. From EYFS to Key Stage 1, children are supported with their decoding skills for reading and writing in daily systematic synthetic phonic sessions. At Eliot Bank, we use the synthetic phonics programme, Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through the school. We also link handwriting and spellings to our daily phonics teaching. This phonic resource will also be used for Rapid Catch up for children in Year 2 and above who require extra support.
Writing is taught through Talk for Writing: an approach which develops speaking, listening, vocabulary and grammar as well as children’s creative writing skills. It has had a huge impact on our children’s literacy skills; their ability to be successful storytellers and the quality of their writing is astounding because of it. The method focuses on children learning quality texts off by heart so that rich language and structure is embedded and built upon in every year group. A range of fiction and non-fiction genres are taught throughout the year and writing toolkits are established so that children are aware of the features of different text types.
We have a handwriting policy which is based on the cursive script. This is also taught in short sessions 2 – 3 times a week. Once children have mastered the joins, handwriting is linked to spellings.
Mary Quinn, English Team Leader
Year Group Standards & Expectations
Throughout the year, your child’s attainment will be judged against the criteria set out in the year group-equivalent Standard and Expectations. This on-going judgement will identify what children have achieved and what they need to do next. Use the links below to view and download the year group expectations for English.
Supporting Your Child At Home
Please support your child to read daily and keep a record of their reading their reading journal. The reading journals are checked weekly.
Even if your child is a fluent reader, please read with him/her as often as possible and discuss what he/she is reading. This will help to develop comprehension and reasoning skills as well as enjoyment.
The document below gives you ideas of the types of questions you can use when reading with your child.
Questions To Use When Reading With Your Child At Home
Children will bring home reading books from the class library and also have access to e-books through our subscription to Collins Big Cat ebook library, for which each child has their own login.
Suggest the have a look in our book corner for some inspiration as to what book they could read next.
Trips to your local library will also help your child foster a love of reading.
It is really important that parents and caregivers are involved in helping children to learn their spellings. Confidence in spelling allows children to write more freely and imaginatively. Our Practising Spellings at Home document provides some useful tips on ways in which you can help your child with spellings at home.
A consistently high standard of handwriting is promoted across the whole school which all children and staff recognise, understand and follow. Our Handwriting Policy will help you in supporting your child develop a cursive script.
For more home learning resources have a look at our Home Learning Resources page.