English is a high priority because the skills are transferable to all areas of the curriculum. Our English curriculum has been developed as part of the OLOW MAT working with Greenfield Educations. We work in partnership with the child’s home to ensure that reading, writing, speaking and listening is developed and children have a positive view of themselves as readers and writers. As a school in the OLOW MAT, we moderate our progress in teaching phonics, reading and writing across schools to develop our skills and work to raise standards working within a supportive network of teachers.
As a school working towards Artsmark Silver Award, we use drama and creative art to encourage creativity in writing. We host an annual festival of writing to inspire all our children to mark make and write.
We also use the CUSP spelling scheme and for handwriting, we use Letter Join. Letter-join is a whole school handwriting scheme offering a combination of traditional and digital resources. These include classroom presentations, handwriting activities, online games and hundreds of worksheets using either a printed font, or a cursive font with or without a lead-in line. This online resource also provides free handwriting resources for use by children in the home.