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Lakeside Primary School

Hatherley Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6HR

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English Curriculum

At Lakeside our aim is for all children to leave us with the right tools and skills ready to start their new phase of learning in secondary school. In addition, we endeavour to instil a love of reading and writing in our children which will stay with them through all phases of their lives. We do this by following the National Curriculum (NC) for English – speaking and listening, reading and writing - through a creative approach which is underpinned by experiences and purpose. For example, Year 4 wrote superhero stories linked to their theme after making their costumes (including a cape and accessories!) and learning a superhero dance.

For skills progression in reading and writing from Y1 – Y6 we follow the National Curriculum. We teach the different elements of English using year group specific objectives, and for children achieving those objectives before the end of the academic year, we follow a programme of ‘mastery’ of the curriculum. We teach writing skills as specified by the National Curriculum and follow the guidelines for age related content. Our outcomes for writing are purpose-led, linked to themes and are framed by four key principles: to entertain, to inform, to discuss and to persuade, and spelling and grammar skills are threaded through following our own year group-specific programmes of study.

Reception, Key Stage 1 and Year 3, reading is supported through the use of a structured scheme based on phonic progression which guides children through the stages of learning to read. This is supported by tailored phonic sessions based on ‘Letters and Sounds’ as set out through the DFE programme of work. We use a range of resources to plan our phonics provision, the main ones being: Phonics Play and Education City, and we use Rapid Phonics for intervention programmes. As the children’s literacy skills develop, we aim to move them away from the reading scheme to access a wider range of books with richer language and content, to become ‘free readers’. Our published reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree and our phonic teaching is supported by Floppy Phonics, a branch of the reading scheme which links directly to the reading skills being taught. We have recently added to our scheme books to include updated versions of current texts and guided reading resources for focused group work across the school.