English is taught across school using quality and engaging texts to excite children as readers and to inspire them as writers. All pupils have a daily English lesson and cover a range of genres across the year, including narrative, non-fiction, poetry and play-scripts.
Phonics is taught daily in targeted groups in the Foundation Unit and in KS1 following the Letters and Sounds phases supported by additional phonic materials.
Across the whole school, children read a variety of texts at an individual level. A range of reading books are on offer to pupils in our library and are organised using the book banding scheme to ensure pupils are matched to books at the correct level of challenge for them.
All pupils take part in guided reading session and are supported to develop their word recognition and decoding strategies as well as their comprehension and inference skills.
Spelling and grammar are taught as part of English sessions and through additional skills slots following the National Curriculum programme of study for the appropriate year group.
Handwriting and letter formation are taught at least twice a week through weekly English sessions and pupils are awarded their 'pen licence' when they are using joined handwriting consistently to a high standard.
- Key Workers
Covid-19 (Whole School - 20/03/2020)
- When the Pumpkins came to Birklands
Pumpkins (Whole School - 23/10/2019)
- Junior School Councillors
Nightingales have elected Millie and Jenson as our school councillors. (Year 3 - 11/09/2019)
- House Points
Weekly totals (Whole School - 17/06/2019)
Welcome to Miss Watson (Whole School - 30/03/2018)