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Curriculum Statement

At Boroughbridge Primary School we follow the 2014 National Curriculum for English. Our key aim is to ensure that all pupils become clear, confident communicators in both their spoken and written word. We teach speaking and listening skills from the very first day in our reception class and constantly build on these important skills as they develop throughout Key Stage One and Two.

A key focus in Key Stage One is delivering high quality phonics work, following ‘Letters and Sounds’ which provides children with a firm foundation for spelling, reading and writing. In addition to phonics, we also teach children to read confidently. They learn de-coding skills; how to segment words and sound them out with increasing fluency and accuracy, as well as recognising common words on sight. They also learn comprehension skills, how to understand what they read and how to use these skills to infer meaning and deduce information. The children continue to develop these skills to become fluent, enthusiastic readers who respond thoughtfully and well to the wide variety of books they read. Children are also actively encouraged to research topics and read for information as well as pleasure.

We are very proud of our library and our extensive guided reading books. Our children enjoy ‘Bug Club’ our phonetically decodable reading scheme, which includes a range of fiction and non-fiction texts as well as comics and plays.

Writing is taught using first hand experiences: using speaking and listening, drama and reading to capture the imagination! From our reception class, children will be encouraged to write in a variety of genres and build on this as they continue to develop their writing skills throughout Key Stage One and Two. They will write for a variety of audiences and purposes to become fluent, confident writers who understand and use a variety of writing forms. Spelling strategies and grammar are taught alongside reading and writing and children are encouraged to apply this in their independent writing.

All children are taught to write using a joined writing style and to take pride and care in the presentation of their work. Special writing pens are provided for our children in Key Stage 2.