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English

Throughout their time at Broad Square Primary School we will help the children to acquire and develop the skills and knowledge to allow them to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and to read for meaning and enjoyment.  While the work in English will be based on the 2014 National Curriculum, the children will develop and practise their skills and knowledge in all areas of the curriculum and in role-play and drama.  We have developed our central library facilities where children are able to borrow books to read at home or help with research for topic work. All our children have the opportunity to bring home suitable books to read at home.

Wherever possible we reinforce the knowledge and skills taught in the core subjects of English and Mathematics by allowing children to apply them in a variety of contexts.

Reading and Phonics

Phonics and Reading is paramount at Broad Square Primary School. We believe that Reading is Power! If children cannot read, it is impossible for them to be successful in all other areas of the curriculum.

Phonics

Monster Phonics is used to ensure that we teach the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme systematically to our children from the day they enter our Nursery and Reception setting. This scheme follows children through KS1, with the aim of all children leaving Year two on Phase 6 of the programme, reading and writing effectively. Phonics is taught daily in EYFS and KS1 in discrete sessions and is also fed through all English lessons. Reading and writing across the curriculum plays a key part in our curriculum intent and children will be encouraged and expected to apply their phonic knowledge in all areas.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage children become familiar with environmental sounds, rhyme, story language and poetry. They repeat words and phrases and begin to recognise rhythm in the spoken word and rhyme. They identify familiar words and signs. Early phonic phases are introduced which focus on hearing the sounds in words and linking sounds to letters.

This is continued in KS1 with children developing different strategies to help decode new words when reading and phonics is applied to spelling through the Monster Phonics programme.

Reading Schemes

Monster phonics, Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Big-Cat are the main reading schemes used in Reception and KS1 along with these Project X is used in KS2. Children will bring home reading books containing the sounds that they have already learned so that they feel successful as readers at home. This is vital to developing their self-belief and self-esteem. Parents are encouraged to listen to their children read at home and to talk about books/read stories to their children.

No Nonsense Spelling is used across the school and children become more familiar with a wide range of text types and develop higher order reading skills further e.g. inference and deduction.

Reading Mastery 5

The school devotes 30 minutes per day on a whole class reading lesson. This is called Reading Mastery 5. In EYFS and Year 1, children explore a quality book each week, using book talk, drama and role play. They begin to read as writers and they start to answer questions verbally then to record responses in their reading books.

From Year 2 onwards, children will focus on a text or an extract from a text for a full week on a 3 week rotation of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Each day they will have a particular focus, in order for them to be able to access the text, learn new vocabulary, retrieve and infer information from the text and make personal responses to the text. This has been a highly focused and effective method of teaching comprehension. It enables all children to access a wide range of vocabulary and it helps children to make connections with other areas of learning.

This approach is HUGELY beneficial as it progressively teaches children how to use all the key reading skills every day based around a text per week.

We are able to offer training on this approach to other schools through the Waterfront Teaching School Alliance. Please contact waterfrontts.gcp@schools.sefton.gov.uk if you would like to enquire about training and support.

Reading for Pleasure

All classes have reading areas that are well stocked with quality books from across the genre range.

Each day the children will hear their class teacher reading for at least 10 minutes from their class novel/text, as all teachers have made a ‘Reading Pledge’ to ensure that this precious time is built in daily as far as possible.

Pupils have access to the school library where there are a variety of books to choose from and Kindles as an option. Paper copies of the children’s magazine ‘Story Time’ are available to years 1-6. An interactive IT phonics and spelling program ‘Phonics Tracker’ and ‘Phonics Play’ can be accessed in school and at home. Electronic copies of ‘Picture News’ are sent to parents each week to share with their children.

Support

The school offers reading intervention for pupils who are not making expected progress or who find reading difficult. The main forms of reading intervention are: one-to-one reading and pre-reading Reading Mastery 5 texts to become experts.

Reading and phonics cafes and open mornings are planned in throughout the year to show parents and carers how we teach reading and phonics. These events aim to provide parents with practical ways in which they can support their children too.

Writing

A new scheme of work ‘Read to Write’ has been introduced across the school from EYFS to Year 6. The scheme is evidence-based teaching of writing which empowers teachers to provide quality teaching of writing through high-quality literature. The detailed units of work centre on engaging, vocabulary rich texts, with a wealth of writing opportunities within and across the curriculum.

It has been an exciting year for English. We became part of the Writing on the Wall Project where we benefited from having real life writers and authors in all of our KS2 classrooms. Previously, Year 5 children have published their own super hero books. The writers deliver lessons in the classroom to enhance our curriculum offer and support teacher development of teaching writing. During recent times these lessons are delivered by Zoom for an hour each week from Y3-6.

Opportunities for spelling, punctuation and grammar are woven throughout the scheme and taught in context. Staff are encouraged to complete mini retrieval activities as well as carefully planned support lessons for the children that may need additional teaching. The English scheme is adapted to ensure the inclusion of all children ensuring that every child is involved in quality first teaching.

The units have been carefully mapped out so the entire statutory curriculum for English is covered. There are also opportunities for cross- curricular links to and experiences to enhance and enrich the curriculum.

Contact us

  • Broad Square Primary School
    Broad Square
    Liverpool
    L11 1BS

  • 0151 226 1117