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Gravenhurst Academy

English

Our English Curriculum is planned by the teachers to fit in with each class topic. Teachers write and adapt their planning to suit the needs of the children in their class. There is a big emphasis on transferable skills with the expectation that the standard of reading and writing in other lessons is as good as it is in discrete English lessons.

Reading

Teachers employ a variety of approaches- individual, guided and shared reading sessions as well as reading comprehension and drama to teach reading. We use the Book Banded system to band all of our books so that each child receives an appropriate reading book at their level. Children are also encouraged to choose books which they enjoy from our extensive collection of books in classrooms and our non-fiction collection in our School Library. All staff promote the enjoyment of reading with their children and each class has a regular story time slot.

Writing

Children are encouraged to write stimulating and exciting texts through engagement with a variety of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and film. We have a whole school grammar and punctuation map which all staff can look to for guidance with expected learning in that area of English.

Phonics & Spellings

Phonics and spellings are streamed across the school with children set according to ability. There is a daily session between 10.10 and 10.30. For phonics, we have a long-term map, adapted from Letters and Sounds and incorporating the new National Curriculum learning which splits the phonics teaching up into manageable sections for teachers to teach. Our teachers use Bug Club Phonics, Phonics Play and Mr. Thorne as valuable resources to teach these lessons. Our children are provided with Bug Club logins so that they can practise their phonics reading at home. Children are sent spellings home which link closely to their phonics/spelling level.

Handwriting

Our Foundation Stage children learn to form letters using a pre-cursive style. When they enter Key Stage 1 they learn to join letters using the school’s style. Discrete handwriting sessions form part of the children’s phonics and spellings sessions but are also addressed in every lesson.