We teach four separate areas of English at Cirencester Primary School, which all combine together to develop children who have a good level of Literacy skills to move forward to secondary school with.
- Reading – Children begin to learn to read using a synthetic phonics programme called Read Write Inc. Children practise becoming more fluent readers through individual and guided reading sessions using high quality texts. As children move through the school the focus moves more onto the comprehension skills of reading, with children developing their understanding of characters, plot and authors’ writing styles. We have a fantastic school library which further enhances the love of reading for our pupils.
- Writing – We have recently introduced a 'precision teaching' approach to developing sentence structure which uses a step by step approach to writing, based on individual pupil needs. Children will be exposed to a variety of writing genres such as poetry and non-fiction as well as different types of stories. Texts chosen will often be linked to children’s current topics in class.
- SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) – SPAG teaches children to have a technical understanding of how the English language works. As well as being able to spell words correctly, use a wide range of vocabulary and punctuate well, children are taught the meaning of grammatical terms such as noun, verb, adjective, prefix, pronoun and adverb. They are also taught what phrases and clauses are and how to use them, to understand what conjunctions are and how they work and to know how to turn a question into a command.
- Handwriting – Pupils are first taught how to form letters correctly using a semi cursive style in Nursery and Reception. Throughout Key Stage 1 pupils perfect their letter formation, including ascending and descending letters. Pupils are then taught how to join their writing with the expectation that the majority of pupils are able to join their writing before they enter Key Stage 2.
We set out very high expectations for levels of presentation in pupils’ work, obviously dependent on their ability and age. All staff expect to see pupils taking great care and pride in their work and encourage pupils to apply their neatest handwriting when completing any written task in school or at home.
At Cirencester Primary School we begin to teach children to read using the phonics programme ‘Read Write Inc’.
This programme aims to build children's speaking and listening skills as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills to children starting in Nursery/Reception, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by the age of seven. For more information please see RWI pages.
Pupils continue to regularly practise their spelling throughout Key Stage 2, through revising spelling patterns and rules. They also learn how to spell high frequency words, which cannot be phonetically sounded out.