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'The value of English in the curriculum? What can I say? Without English, nothing. And without good English, nothing very well'.                         Anne Fine, Author.

English is a vital way of communicating, in school, public life and internationally.

At Sunnyfields School, through teaching the National Curriculum, we seek to provide the teaching and learning to develop a wide range of skills in each of the areas of: Spoken Language, Reading, Writing, and Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation.

Intent

These aims are intended for all pupils at Sunnyfields.

How they will be implemented will be dependent on the age and ability of the pupils.

  • To read easily, fluently and with good understanding.
  • To develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
  • To acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
  • To appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • To write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • To use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.

 

 

Implementation 

Spoken Language

All children will develop their ability to:

  • Listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers.
  • Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.
  • Use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary.
  • Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions.
  • Give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including for expressing feelings.
  • Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments.
  • Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.
  • Speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English.
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play/improvisations and debates.
  • Gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s).
  • Consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others.

Phonics

All children who attend Sunnyfields receive a thorough and detailed approach to the teaching of phonics which follows the Letters and Sounds programme. To support the children's learning, Jolly Phonics songs and Read Write Inc. letter formation patterns are also used. To see how phonics progresses across the year groups please click here.

For ides on how you can support your child's phonics at home please click here.

Reading

At Sunnyfields, it is our belief that instilling a love of reading in children is absolutely essential. We ensure that children read books from a range of different genres and authors that both engage and challenge them. 

For ideas on how you can support your child's reading at home, please click here.

Early Years Foundation Stage

 Children will:

  • Children will use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences.
  • Listen and respond appropriately.
  • Interact with others in play, negotiating plans and sharing ideas.
  • Listen to stories, poems and non-fiction texts recalling key events, facts and recognising front cover and title.
  • Recognise a range of familiar sounds and words.

Some of the lovely books that will be read in the EYFS

  The Everywhere Bear: Amazon.co.uk: Donaldson, Julia, Cobb, Rebecca ...  Noisy body book” at Usborne Children's Books  Owl Babies: 1: Amazon.co.uk: Waddell, Martin, Benson, Patrick ...  The Gruffalo: Amazon.co.uk: Donaldson, Julia, Scheffler, Axel: Books

  Little Red Riding Hood by Lesley Sims, Bao Luu | Waterstones  The Three Little Pigs: Amazon.co.uk: DK: 9781465478481: Books  Jack & the Beanstalk (First Reading, Level Four) (2.4 First ...  Beegu: Amazon.co.uk: Deacon, Alexis: Books   

  Look Inside: Space (Look Inside): 1 (Look Inside Board Books ...  The Rainbow Fish: Amazon.co.uk: Marcus Pfister: Books  Tiddler: 1: Amazon.co.uk: Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler: Books  The Pirates Next Door (Jonny Duddle): Amazon.co.uk: Jonny Duddle ...

Year 1 and Year 2

Word Reading (including phonics)

Children will:

  • Apply their phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words.
  • Read accurately by blending sounds.
  • Read books aloud that are suitable to their age and ability.
  • Participate in Letters and Sounds phonics lessons delivered to the whole class or to a focus group.

Comprehension

Children will:

  • Develop their interest and pleasure in reading.
  • Develop their vocabulary.
  • Understand the books they can read and those they listen to.
  • Participate in discussions about what they read.
  • Explain their understanding clearly.
  • Have access to a wide range of reading material including poems, stories and non-fiction.
  • Appreciate rhymes and poems and recite them by heart
  • Re- enact stories through role-play and drama.
  • Use story props and puppets to explore and create their own ideas as well as known stories.

Year 1 core books

     Where The Wild Things Are: Amazon.co.uk: Sendak, Maurice, Sendak ...  Traction Man Is Here: Amazon.co.uk: Grey, Mini: Books  Greta and the Giants: Inspired by Greta Thunberg's Stand to Save ...  The Dinosaur that Pooped a Princess: Amazon.co.uk: Fletcher, Tom ... 

                                                  Jabari Jumps: Amazon.co.uk: Cornwall, Gaia, Cornwall, Gaia: Books 

Year 2 core books

  Lost and Found: Amazon.co.uk: Jeffers, Oliver, Jeffers, Oliver: Books By David Conway Lila and the Secret of Rain (Reprint): Amazon.co ...  The Diary of a Killer Cat (The Killer Cat): Amazon.co.uk: Fine ...  The Great Fire Of London (Beginning History): Amazon.co.uk ...  

    The Pied Piper Of Hamelin | Waterstones  The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake | Waterstones  The Twits by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake | Waterstones  The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt: 9780399255373 ...

Year 3 and Year 4

Word Reading (including phonics)

Children will:

  • Apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes, both to read aloud and understand new meanings
  • Read further exception words, noting unusual correspondences between spelling and sound, and where these occur in the word (e.g. clothes, would, father)
  • Read books at home and at school that are suitable to their age and ability.

Comprehension

Children will:

  • Develop positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what they read.
  • Listen, read and discuss a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks.
  • Understand what they read, in books they can read independently.
  • Retrieve and record information from a range of genres.
  • Participate in discussion about both books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say. 

Year 3 core books

    Flanimals (Faber Pocket Guide): Amazon.co.uk: Ricky Gervais, Rob ...  Hot Like Fire Bind-up: Amazon.co.uk: Bloom, Valerie, Lush, Debbie ...  Leon and the Place Between: Amazon.co.uk: Graham Baker-Smith ...  Oliver and the Seawigs: Amazon.co.uk: Reeve, Philip, McIntyre ...

                             The Firework Maker's Daughter: Amazon.co.uk: Pullman, Philip: Books

Year 4 core books

     The Iron Man: A Children's Story in Five Nights: Amazon.co.uk: Ted ...   Varjak Paw: Amazon.co.uk: Said, SF, McKean, Dave: 9780552572293: Books  Krindlekrax: Amazon.co.uk: Ridley, Philip: Books  George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake ...  

              Tales of Wisdom and Wonder by Hugh Lupton, Niamh Sharkey | Waterstones  Fly, Eagle, Fly! An African Tale: Amazon.co.uk: Gregorowski ...  Viking Boy: Amazon.co.uk: Bradman, Tony, Goux, Pierre-Denis: Books

Year 5 and Year 6

Word Reading (including phonics)

Children will:

  • Apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes, both to read aloud and understand new meanings
  • Read books at home and at school that are suitable to their age and ability.

Comprehension

Children will:

  • Maintain positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what they read.
  • Continue to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks.
  • Understand what they read.
  • Discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader.
  • Distinguish between statements of fact and opinion.
  • Retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction.
  • Participate in discussions about books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, building on their own and others’ ideas and challenging views courteously.
  • Explain and discuss their understanding of what they have read, including through formal presentations and debates, maintaining a focus on the topic and using notes where necessary
  • Provide reasoned justifications for their views.

Year 5 core books   

    There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom: Amazon.co.uk: Sachar, Louis ...   The Highwayman (Oxford Children's Classics): Amazon.co.uk: Alfred ...  Henry VIII” at Usborne Children's Books  Wonder Goal!: Amazon.co.uk: Foreman, Michael: Books  

   Fox Tale: Amazon.co.uk: Foreman, Michael: 9781842706107: Books  Cat on the Hill: Amazon.co.uk: Foreman, Michael: 9781842704714: Books  Seal Surfer: Amazon.co.uk: Foreman, Michael: Books  War Game (novel) - Wikipedia

Year 6 core books

  Tuesday: Amazon.co.uk: Wiesner, David, Wiesner, David: Books  Oxford School Shakespeare: Macbeth: Amazon.co.uk: Shakespeare ...  Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver ... The Rabbits: Amazon.co.uk: Tan, Shaun: 9780734411365: Books 

                The Honest Truth: Amazon.co.uk: Dan Gemeinhart: 9781910002131: Books  Floodland: Amazon.co.uk: Sedgwick, Marcus: 9781858817637: Books  Black Dog: Amazon.co.uk: Levi Pinfold, Levi Pinfold: Books

Writing

For ideas on how you can support your child's writing at home, please click here.

Early Years foundation stage

  • Differentiate between picture, print, letter and word.
  • Explore the connection between speech and writing.
  • Have explored the symbolic nature of writing, the sounds and name of letters, and how to write them. 

Year 1 and Year 2

Transcription

Children will:

  • Spell common words and days of the week
  • Use apostrophes for contraction
  • Begin to use suffixes
  • Use phonic knowledge to spell words
  • Write simple sentences from memory as dictated.
  • Apply spelling rules.

Composition

Children will:

  • Develop positive attitudes towards and stamina for writing (narratives, about real events, poetry, for different purposes).
  • Consider what they are going to write before beginning.
  • Make simple additions, revisions and corrections to their own writing.
  • Read aloud what they have written with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear.
  • Be given the opportunity to write a wide range of genres that draw on the children’s interest. 

Year 3 and Year 4

Transcription

Children will:

  • Use further prefixes and suffixes and understand how to add them.
  • Spell further homophones.
  • Spell words that are often misspelt.
  • Use the possessive apostrophe accurately (e.g. children’s).
  • Use a dictionary to check spelling.
  • Write simple sentences from memory as dictated, including words and punctuation taught so far.
  • Be given the opportunity to write a wide range of genres that draw on the children’s interest.

Composition

Children will:

  • Plan their writing.
  • Draft and write (composing using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures, organising the text).
  • Evaluate and edit (self-assessment and peer-assessment).
  • Proofread for spelling and punctuation errors.
  • Read their own writing aloud to a group or the whole class, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear. 

Year 5 and Year 6

Transcription

Children will:

  • Use further prefixes and suffixes and understand the guidance for adding them
  • Spell some words with ‘silent’ letters [for example, knight, psalm, solemn]
  • Continue to distinguish between homophones and other words which are often confused
  • Use knowledge of morphology (meaning within words) and etymology (the origin of words) in spelling and understand that the spelling of some words needs to be learnt specifically,
  • Use dictionaries to check the spelling and meaning of words
  • Use a thesaurus

Composition

Children will:

  • Plan their writing.
  • Draft and write by (selecting grammar and vocabulary for effect, longer and more detailed passages, organising the text).
  • Evaluate and edit (self-assessment and peer-assessment, proposing changes for effect, ensuring consistent and correct tense, ensuring correct use of grammar).
  • Proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors
  • Write each letter of the alphabet using correct formation.
  • Use their sound/symbol relationships and phonological patterns.
  • Check the accuracy of their spelling using word banks and dictionaries.
  • Develop knowledge of word families.
  • Participate in regular spelling tests.
  • Be given the opportunity to write a wide range of genres that draw on the children’s interest.

SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar). (All phases.)

Within good composition the children are taught how to use spelling, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary to good effect (see English Appendix 2, NC 2014)