English

OUR CURRICULUM

At St. George’s (Hanover Square) we structure each year group to ensure a balance of English themes and topics in each year group and a progression of skills across the school. We link work to other areas of the curriculum where this is most appropriate but also teach purely text-based literature units of work, poetry and non-fiction. 

SPOKEN LANGUAGE

The ability to convey meaning effectively and concisely and to respond to others appropriately is promoted in all classrooms. We support our children to become expressive, articulate young people.

Drama provides many opportunities for the children to express themselves and to demonstrate understanding of character, conflict and emotion and therefore is used effectively in many areas of the curriculum.

PHONICS

Phonics is taught using the 5 different Phases of Letters and Sounds. Children are assessed and grouped across Reception and Key Stage 1, according to which phase they are working at. Discreet phonics sessions are held daily for these groups. Where the need has been identified, there are also phonics groups in Key Stage 2. The rest of the juniors have weekly spelling patterns to learn and investigate.

To learn more about how the teaching of phonics is delivered click the link below:

How we teach systematic synthetic phonics at St George’s School

READING

Our aims at St. George’s (Hanover Square) are that all children

  • read independently,
  • develop understanding of what they have read

are engaged and motivated to read. 

WRITING

In order for children to learn how to communicate effectively in a wide range of writing style we ensure the children have exciting and stimulating things to write about in different aspects of our curriculum. 

Children are exposed to a range of different texts, videos and experiences to help them write purposeful, relevant pieces of work.  They learn how to organise their own work so it suits the purpose and will be aware of who will be reading their work.

SPAG

Children are taught about the way language works through their reading and writing and discuss the differences in spoken language and the written word. Specific grammar and punctuation content is assigned to particular year groups and matches the national curriculum expectations from 2014. This information is available on our website.

SPELLING

Children learn a range of different spelling patterns set out in our Phonics and Spelling programmes.

Currently in Year 1 and 2 children are given weekly spellings to take home which are specific to their learning requirements.

 

For more information see our English Policy:

English Policy 2017