Our curriculum has a strong English focus and each topic has a ‘core text’, which is used as a stimulus for engaging in English tasks across the curriculum. English is taught daily in Key Stage 1 and 2.
In addition to daily English lessons, children also have daily guided reading sessions which focus on the teaching of specific reading skills such as decoding, comprehension and inference and are used to enhance children’s enjoyment of reading.
In EYFS and Key Stage 1, children have daily discrete phonics sessions where they are taught the skills of early reading and spelling following the Letters and Sounds programme, which is supplemented through the use of Phonics Bug resources and materials.
As children move on from needing daily phonics teaching, they receive regular grammar sessions each week which teaches the appropriate content from the National Curriculum. The content of these grammar sessions is embeded and applied through the multiple opportunites children have to write cross the curriculum. Children also have regular opportunities to enter school and external competitions including Stanford Writer of the Month.
Children at Stanford also have the benefit of accessing a progressive scheme of reading books which they can use to support their reading development at school and home. These are organised into colour bands and is compiled with books from a range of publishers including Phonics Bug, Collins and Oxford Reading Tree. These are usually suitable up to age 8 or when children are ready to progress on to reading novels.
All classrooms have their own reading library with a wide range of reading materials which they can read at school and borrow to take home. In addition to classroom libraries, we have a newly rebushed whole school library and resource centre which classes are timetabled to visit and where children may borrow books to read at home.
Miss Addy- Reading
Mrs Cole- Writing
Miss Hutchinson- Phonics