At Daisyfield our English curriculum develops children's ability to listen, speak, read and write for a variety of purposes. All children have a daily English lesson and we follow Lancashire English planning which blends reading, grammar work and writing opportunities. Writing is also encouraged across the curriculum in other subjects so that skills can be practised and embedded.
The reading scheme in school uses an extensive range of very high quality books, In the EYFS and KS1 classes, the children read books carefully matched to their phonological understanding. Children take part in shared (whole class), guided (small group with adult support) and independent reading in school.
We expect the children to read at home to an adult 3 times a week so they can earn reading badges. Children need to read 10 books for a bronze badge, 14 books for silver and 18 books for a gold badge.
Each class also has a class novel which the teacher will read at the end of each day.
In EYFS and Year 1 and our pupils follow Letters and Sounds (DfE 2007) teaching programme. Our phonics teaching makes strong links between blending for reading, segmenting for spelling and handwriting. We encourage all of our pupils to apply their phonic knowledge when spelling. By the end of Year 1, it is our expectation that the vast majority of our pupils will be secure at spelling Phase 5 words.
From Year 2 onwards, pupils are taught the age-related spelling content using a published scheme ‘No-Nonsense Spelling’.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, children undertake a structured, daily, fun phonics programme to help them read and spell words. This is supported by our phonics based guided reading and home reading programmes. At the end of year 2, the children undertake a statutory phonics screening check.
Click on the links below to find more information about each phase of the phonics programme (Letters and Sounds) we follow. We have also added some useful websites to support your child's phonics at home:
At Daisyfield Primary School we believe handwriting is a skill which, like reading and spelling, affects written communication across the curriculum. We use Letter Join handwriting scheme.
In the early years, children take part in activities to develop their fine and gross motor-skills and recognition of patterns and also learn how to correctly hold a pencil and use it to form recognisable letters.
By the end of Key Stage 1 children will be able to write legibly, using upper and lower-case letters appropriately and correct spacing between words using a cursive style.
We aim for children to develop a clear, fluent style and by the end of Year 6 be able to adapt their handwriting for the for different purposes, such as: a neat, legible hand for finished, presented work, a faster script for note making and the ability to print for labelling diagrams etc.