At Bushey Education Primary Federation, we believe that English skills are fundamental for the children to be able to access all areas of the National Curriculum. On a daily basis, the children learn and consolidate these skills through a variety of activities including Guided Reading, shared/guided writing, Handwriting, Phonics and English lessons. Handwriting
We initially use Read, Write Inc, a creative programme, that combines forming letters with familiar objects and rhymes. We use this programme combined with the Nelsons handwriting scheme, to ensure the expectations from the curriculum are met. This continues and extends into Key Stage Two, where the expectation is for children to consistently use cursive writing.
We believe that Reading is an essential life skill and seek to develop a love of Reading for all children. Children are exposed to a wide range of texts from a variety of genres and text types. We ensure that we have a range of high-quality texts, which utilise technologies, that inspire and motivate the children. All children read regularly with an adult as well as taking part in Guided Reading, whole class and independent reading sessions. The children share their ideas, explain their interpretations of texts and demonstrate their understanding through a range of activities including talk for writing.
Phonics and Spelling
We believe that it is essential that children are exposed to phonics from a young age, as it is an essential building block to support the key skills of blending and decoding for reading and segmenting for accurate spelling. In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, we use a combination of the Read Write Inc and Letters and Sounds programs to support the teaching of Phonics. Children receive daily phonic lessons and spelling programmes, which run throughout the week following the method of revise, teach, practise, apply and assess. As children move into Key stage two, children are taught Phonics as part of their English lessons, to support and develop their spelling and grammar application.
We are committed to providing the children with a wealth of opportunities to express themselves in writing. We provide children with the essential tools they need to be confident writers through analysing texts, language acquisition, shared and modelled writing. Differentiated writing frames and scaffolds enable all children to express themselves and apply the skills taught to reflect their own interpretation. As the children progress from EYFS, throughout Key Stage One and to Key Stage Two, they combine their reading, grammar, vocabulary, and phonics/spelling skills to produce engaging and informative pieces of writing throughout the curriculum.