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English

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.

Reading

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. 

Please look at our Reading Policy for more information.

Reading for Pleasure

This year , as part of our School Improvement Plan, we are continuing our journey to foster a Reading for Pleasure culture within our school.  This involves a radical new way of teaching reading, focusing on children and adults reading for pleasure and building a community of readers within each class, and within our wider school family.

Research from the Open University has found that children who read for pleasure improve their life chances, not just in education, but in mental wellbeing and social relationships.  However, children need support to develop the habit and love of reading. We will be providing as much of this in school as we can, but we need your help at home to really make it count.

Time and space to hear stories and to read and talk informally about what you’re reading makes a huge difference to children’s pleasure in reading.

There are 3 main things that you can do to help support your child’s reading:

  1. Reading Aloud – this is you reading aloud to your children to show them that it is fun and not a chore.
  2. Family Reading Time – read together regularly and let them choose what they want to read with you.
  3. Book Chat – talk about what you are reading together and make connections with other books, places you’ve been, things you’ve seen and activities you’ve done together.

To find out more download:  Supporting Readers At Home Poster.

 

Supporting Reading at Home

Other Documents to Support Reading at Home

Spelling

In EYFS and Year 1 and our pupils follow Daisyfield Phonics, which uses Letters and Sounds (DfE 2007) as a foundation. 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’. 

Phonics

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 1, the children undertake a statutory phonics screening check. 

Please look at our Phonics Policy for more information.

 

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:

Handwriting

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.

Letter join - Letter formation sheets for EYFS (only lead out, no lead in) and KS1 (lead ins and out)

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