Our English Co-ordinator is Mrs Moxon
At Upperby, we follow the READ WRITE INC. literacy programme. It is taught in EYFS and Key Stage 1.
From Year 2 to Year 6 children follow the No Nonsense spelling programme and also learn the high frequency words linked to each year.
Starting in Reception, all children are taught to read phonetically using the Read, Write Inc. scheme. Reading books are provided that also follow the scheme. Other reading schemes are used to supplement these as the children progress through the school, such as Collins Big Cat, Oxford Reading Tree, Oxford Songbirds and Project X.
We use Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reading program from Year 1 onwards. This is a structured online reading program. It involves children reading a book from their appropriate level, taking on-line quizzes which gives them immediate feedback and increases their level of literacy. The children develop their reading skills most effectively when they read appropriately challenging books - difficult enough to keep them engaged but not so difficult that they become frustrated.
We use lots of difficult strategies to engage the children in the writing process including books, media, writing for a real purpose, cross curricular themes. All children will spend one, two or three weeks learning about a text type, discovering the key elements, practising these skills, composing, drafting and editing their work until they are ready to complete their extended writing.
We use Power of Reading to teach Literacy and English using high quality books and creative teaching approaches (such as art and drama). This enables children to deepen their understanding of challenging texts and provides a meaningful context for writing. Each class will typically study 4-5 books during the year, with each unit lasting for several weeks. Children will explore and discuss the texts, as well as writing as a character from the story or about events from the story.
Please see your child's class page to find out which books they will study over the year.