Phonics, Spelling and Grammar
In Key Stage 1, children have a clearly structured daily phonics session. At The Trinity, we use the Read Write Inc. phonics programme. This is differentiated in each class, and children are placed into specified groups (within their bubble) to ensure that all children access phonics teaching and learning appropriate to their needs.
In Key Stage 2, teachers use the Silcock Spelling Scheme as a basis for the teaching and learning of spelling. Where appropriate, RWI is used to help children who need extra spelling support in spelling. Key Stage 2 also follows the Classroom Secrets programme of study. A whole-school approach ensures that all gaps are covered, and there is clear consistency throughout.
At the end of Year 1, the children are assessed using the Year 1 Phonics Screening test. Any children who do not pass this are then given additional support in Year 2. This year, Year 2 children will be assessed in Autumn 2. Any children who do not pass will be able to retake the phonics screening test in the summer term of 2021.
Cross-Curricular English Opportunities:
Teachers will seek to take advantage of opportunities to make cross-curricular links. They will plan for pupils to practise and apply the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired through English lessons to other areas of the curriculum. It is expected that the standard of writing produced in other subjects such as RE, Science, and Humanities is of the same standard as in the writing in their English books. This includes any non-negotiables, such as ensuring the children are using a standard of punctuation and grammar that is to be expected for their year group.