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The English Curriculum is delivered using the National Curriculum 2014 and the Early Learning Goals are followed to ensure continuity and progression from the Foundation Stage through to the National Curriculum.  To see the full National Curriculum English Programmes of Study click on the link below.

SPEAKING AND LISTENING

The Four Strands of Speaking and Listening: Speaking; Listening; Group Discussion and Interaction, and Drama permeate the whole curriculum. Interactive teaching strategies are used to engage all pupils in order to raise reading and writing standards. Children are encouraged to develop effective communication skills in readiness for later life.

READING

The opportunities, organisation and provision for the teaching and learning of reading are as follows:

Shared reading - Units taught in dedicated English lessons include shared reading where texts are analysed to teach both reading comprehension and writing. Regular ‘Book Talk’ and ‘Reading as a Writer’ activities help children learn to share their responses to texts and to identify and learn from the writing techniques used by authors.

Guided reading – for full explanation of guided reading follow the link below.
  • Independent Reading
  • Phonics
  • Resources – A book banded reading scheme operates across the school which comprises of a range of different schemes. Children work their way through the Key Stage One and Two schemes and then become free readers.
  • Links to parents – Each child has a reading record book which logs books they have read and comments about their reading. Parents and teaching staff write in this book.
  • Library- Each child has their own library ticket and they visit the library on a regular basis to change their book. Added to this, children are encouraged to use our comprehensive range of non-fiction books to research, investigate and further study topics covered in class.   
  • Class books: Stories are read to the children on a daily basis throughout the school using the ‘Talk for reading’ approach. We have a whole school ‘Reading Spine’ which ensures, over the 7 or 8 years the children are at CTK School, they are read to, enjoy, discuss and work with 82 core, good quality engaging books.
  • Reading at home: Children are encouraged to read at home every day this is given high priority.

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