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At Ashtree School English is taught throughout the day, not only through dedicated English lessons, but also through a wide variety of cross curricular activities.

In Key Stage1 children receive a daily 20 minute phonics session to teach the skills needed in word reading and regular individual and guided reading sessions to develop comprehension skills. The phonics scheme our teaching is based on is Letters and Sounds. However, we use additional printed and electronic resources – such as Jolly Phonics letter formation rhymes – to support this programme. We have also completed book matching across our reading book bands to align these with our phonics teaching.

Through their English lessons children will develop skills in transcription (spelling and handwriting), composition (thinking of ideas and structuring them in speech and writing) and in using grammar and Standard English.

Please find details of our curriculum and how pupils progress through it in the documents below:

The overarching aim for English in the 2014 National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

Please follow the link to see the English curriculum in full on the Government website.