English lessons at Courthill Infant School develop the children’s spoken language, reading,
writing and vocabulary. The English curriculum is delivered using an integrated topic
approach, where the children are the driving force and inspiration of how this looks each
academic year. We teach our pupils to speak clearly, to convey their ideas fluently and
confidently and to ask questions.
Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely. The children have access
to a wide variety of texts to read and work through the book band levels systematically.
They are taught phonics daily using a combination of phonics programmes, including
‘Letters and Sounds’, ‘Read Write Inc’ and ‘Jolly Phonics’. Phonic awareness helps the
development of reading by segmenting and blending sounds. Children read to an adult
individually and as part of a whole class reading session, where both fiction and non-fiction
books are explored. Our reading sessions also develop the children’s comprehension skills.
Parents are given clear expectations about reading at home and record this in a
home/school reading log.
The children are taught to write through a variety of strategies, including grammar shapes
and ‘Talk for Writing’. ‘Talk for Writing’ helps to develop children’s writing skills through
imitation, innovation and independence. Alongside this, children experience lessons on
grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting. We provide opportunities for writing for a
purpose and we encourage pupils to see themselves as authors. We promote the status of
written work by providing opportunities for children’s writing to be celebrated and read by
real audiences. Handwriting sessions occur daily and the children work through the different
letter families in turn. We use the pre-cursive handwriting style which is introduced in the
Foundation Stage, with joining introduced in Year 2.
Our English leaders are India Young and Shelley Wood.