Our curriculum provides a strong foundation of word recognition and secured language comprehension to enable all children to be engaged with their reading. Equipped with the essential skills that underpin writing, they access rich and varied texts, applying their creativity and understanding of features and authorial intent to produce purposeful pieces.
Children at Stamford Bridge Primary School are empowered to be cohesive and independent readers and writers for life.
We believe the ability to communicate and express ourselves is essential. A high-quality education in English will teach our pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others throughout the rest of their lives.
We aim for children to be able to:
- Read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding.
- Have a love of books and read for enjoyment.
- Have an interest in words and their meanings and to develop a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms.
- Spell a range of words confidently.
- Have an understanding of punctuation and grammar and to be able to apply their knowledge when writing.
- Understand a range of text types and genres, writing in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation and audience.
- Develop the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
Please chat to a class teacher or look at our English policy on our policy page for more details. Don't forget to visit the KS1 library in the main hall, KS2 library in Class 5/6 Eagle or our other bookcases around school for new adventures! We're more than happy to recommend books too so please ask.
For any specific guidance on supporting your child with English, please contact your child's class teacher or Miss Arnold, our English subject lead.
Below, you will find a document about English at SBPS, our latest reading pupil voice survey results and some top tips about how you can help at home. Our English policy can be found on the policies page.
Areas of English
Phonics is the best way to master decoding. At our school we plan phonics lessons using Letters and Sounds (DfE 2007). For more information and games about phonics, follow these links:
Reading and sharing books with children is really important to us. We have a number of reading scheme books that are banded according to age and stage and grouped as colours for easy identification. Children progress through these colour bands after assessment by their class teacher. If you would like some reading tips for all ages, please follow this link: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/tips-and-advice/reading-tips/
If you're looking for your next book, try Book Trust's bookfinder: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/bookfinder/ or Love Reading for Kids: https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/# You can also read a free extract of the books on Love Reading for Kids so that you can decide whether it might be the right book for you!
To encourage your child to write at home, why not try having a writing notebook, as recommended by Cressida Cowell? Find her tips and suggestions for developing a notebook that encourages creativity linked to drawing and writing just for the fun of it below.
Learning needs to happen in school and at home to embed spellings successfully. Within our new spelling programme, learning spellings is built into weekly blocks. Within the sessions, a range of strategies for learning spellings are introduced and practised. This enables pupils to choose the strategies they find most effective for learning different words.
Tips for learning spellings at home
Your child should use the range of learning strategies taught in school to practise the patterns and rules that match the weekly blocks each week. These strategies are listed in the document below and in your child's red spelling booklet. They should learn spellings in sentences, generate sentences for each word, and keep an on-going record of the words they have learnt in their spelling homework book. This may include some of the examples and other words that follow these spelling rules. Your child should then spell these words correctly in their writing and the spellings will be tested at the end of each half term.
At Stamford Bridge Primary School, we teach the children to write in a cursive style. Children are taught that every letter starts on the line. You can support your child at home by encouraging them to practise at home on a regular basis. Reluctant writers are often more willing to try if you give them different colour pens to trace over. You can even enlarge the letters and trace over using paint, chalk, using a bottle of water with a sports cap, or even tracing over the letters with a toy car.
Constant repetition is the key, emphasising the correct entry and exit strokes every time. It is essential that your child gets into good habits early on and this includes having the correct pencil grip.
One of the advantages of the cursive style is that you can quickly identify when a child is forming letters incorrectly. For example trying to start a at the bottom and moving clockwise, rather than starting with the entry stroke and then moving anticlockwise from the top of the letter to the bottom.
Please see the examples below.