At Mayflower, we have a consistent approach to the teaching of all aspects of English.
Phonics (in EYFS and KS1)
All children receive daily phonics sessions of 25 minutes using ‘Read Write Inc Phonics’ which is an evidence-based scheme for the delivery of phonics teaching. Children are in ability groups and the sessions involve reading and writing activities as well as recall of their learning.
All classes have a designated weekly spelling lesson for 45 minutes. This covers the age-appropriate words, patterns and rules from the National Curriculum. The sessions are investigative and involve a variety of activities as well as regular testing.
All classes also have daily writing lessons. Y1 to Y6 have daily one-hour lessons using a recognised and evidence-based approach called ‘The Write Stuff.’ This involves ‘sentence-stacking’ where each sentence is considered in detail before the writing process starts. All grammar and punctuation requirements of the National Curriculum are embedded into the teaching to ensure that grammar is taught in context. Children cover a wide range of fiction and non-fiction genres and at the end of each unit, they produce an independent piece of writing which is assessed.
All classes have daily 30-minute reading lessons using a recognised and evidence-based approach called ‘Hooked On Books.’ These sessions involve the children reading a variety of books and developing the skills of a proficient reader through appropriate questioning. Regular assessments are carried out to ensure that children are reading appropriate books from our wide range of colour-banded books (the assessments focus upon both decoding and comprehension skills). Children from Y1 to Y6 also complete termly formal reading assessments/tests to monitor their attainment and progress.
(For more information on reading, please see the Bedtime Reading link http://www.mayflower-pri.essex.sch.uk/bedtime-reading-and-hot-chocolate-evening-tuesday-/
READING RECORD BOOKS: These are primarily to record reading which takes place at home. Occasionally, a class teacher or volunteer will also add a comment. However, the assessing of reading and the recording of allthe daily reading that takes place in school, is recorded by staff elsewhere. Staff are not expected to also record every one of the daily reading sessions in children’s reading record books!
Should you have any queries about the teaching of English, please speak with your child’s teacher in first instance. If you require any additional information after doing so, please arrange to speak with Mrs Wright, who is the English subject leader.