Welcome to our English Page!
Welcome to our English curriculum page, which will help you to support your child at home! English is a subject at the heart of our learning across the curriculum as it encompasses the reading, writing, spelling and imagination skills we all need to thrive in life. Below is information you'll find useful in supporting your child in every aspect of their learning, particularly as it changes as they grow and learn. Reading and writing in the EYFS and beginning of KS1 focuses on phonics, which teaches the skills of how to recognise sounds and break down words into their sounds for both early reading and early writing. The scheme we use is RWI, supported by spelling elephants; these are an early introduction to spelling key words that are not decodable (tricky words). As the children progress in KS1 and KS1, they graduate from phonics to guided reading, where they begin to make sense of the texts they read through comprehension. The system we use to enhance this is Accelerated Reader, a brilliant piece of software that tailors skills development to your child's reading needs. Alongside all of this is a focus on imaginative, exciting writing opportunities developed by exploration of high-quality texts, which model the grammar, content and structure that our children seek to emulate!
Read Write Inc
RWI is the method we use to teach synthetic phonics from Reception to Year 1. It includes 59 separate graphemes, with phonemes (one letter, one sound), digraphs (two letters, one sound) and trigraphs (three letters, one sound). All of these are available with their matching rhyme on the document below. It is amazing how quickly the children pick up on the lingo and start to use these sounds to construct words and break down sentences! Please see the vocabulary guide attached below for more information about this. The pronounciation of these sounds is critical; please watch the video below to ensure you are pronouncing them correctly if you wish to support learning at home. More helpful information can be found on the Oxford Owl website link below!
While your child is learning synthetic phonics, they will also be coming home with short texts that match the colour banding they are learning in school in RWI. We recommend that your child reads them three times; once for decoding, once for fluency and once for comprehension. However, these should be supported with the shared reading and stories you do at home as well.
Spelling is a critical skill that we prioritise at Sampford Peverell. This is because it secures high-quality writing practices from an early age, as well as giving your child a fantastic vocabulary which they can utilise in writing securely. Our school has a rainbow spelling system for KS1 and KS1, the cards of which are below, and spelling elephants for EYFS learners. This system was designed by Miss Price and has been proven to produce excellent results. This relies on your child practising their spellings weekly at home before they are assessed regularly; the more practise, the better the outcome. Your class teacher will send your child home with the appropriate card and then they're ready to go! Please see the website link for the homework that will be set to support this; we use Spelling Shed which has plenty of games and tasks to do for spelling fun! Attached below is also a strategy sheet that lists lots of different ways we at Sampford and you at home can support their learning of their spellings.
The Accelerated Reader system is a fantastic tool that revolutionises the reading children do inside and outside of school to accelerate their reading. It starts with a Star Reading assessment which the children do at school, which generates a ZPD; this is a score that indicates a range of book levels for the child to read. The beauty of this score is that it is a highly tailored launch pad for your child to select books that will enhance their specific reading skills. The process is aided by the child reading books and taking quizzes to assess their comprehension; our children love doing these and the library has never been busier! It has recently been reorganised by our fantastic PTFA to ensure the widest selection of texts possible. Please do explore the Accelerated Reader website (link below) to find out more!
Parent feedback on Accelerated Reader:
"Within the space of a week with the help of the Accelerated Reader programme, we have a child who is no longer reluctant to read, but who is filled with confidence after reading a Roald Dahl book last weekend - a book I might add that he would never have previously even attempted to read! (I know because it's a book we have at home). He is also now full of confidence and inspiration to write a short story too."
Inspiring a love for reading!
We want all of our children to leave Sampford Peverell Primary School with a passion for reading that takes them on a journey for life. Take a look at some of the pictures from World Book Day to see what that looks like! Hearing from and then meeting a talented author, dressing up as our favourite characters and sharing reading with peers across the school are just a highlight of the activities we do at school to make reading fun!
Parent feedback about our WBD activites:
"Just wanted to say a very big thank you for organising such a wonderful day for the children yesterday for World Book Day. What an amazing experience for them to meet an author, our children came home full of stories about their day and what they had learnt, one of our boys was also inspired to come home and write his own story that previously he didn't have the confidence to do."