English

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At Edale Rise we believe that every aspect of a child's work is influenced by the extent to which they use language with imagination and accuracy. Competence in reading, writing and spoken language is encouraged throughout the curriculum in order to enable our children to communicate appropriately and effectively.

We teach English daily, using the 2014 National Curriculum, with opportunities for English in the Foundation Stage being incorporated into the child's day, using the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

We believe that good writing comes from first class experiences and interest in the subject that the child is writing about. Therefore, staff ensure that children have regular opportunities for writing, across a variety of subjects, so that children find that writing becomes second nature.

Spelling is taught daily in our school: firstly, through our phonics programme and then, towards the end of Key Stage 1 and into Key Stage 2, through the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for each year group. Children are put into target groups for spelling in Key Stage One and are taught spelling in classes in Key Stage 2.

Reading is taught initially through phonics in our Foundation Stage, which closely follows the guidance of 'Letters and Sounds' and through reading a wide variety of books, including 'Phonics Bug' and 'Bug Club' books. This phonic knowledge is consolidated throughout Key Stage 1. However we feel that phonics is just the starting point of a child's reading experience and we provide plenty of other reading experiences through our Colour Banded Book Boxes and regular individual and guided reading. Reading is assessed using the PM Benchmarking system. Throughout the school, children are encouraged to read widely for pleasure from our well-stocked Library and Classroom Book Corners.

The Reading Scheme at Edale Rise
Reading books at Edale Rise are colour-coded. Each colour band contains a variety of fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of reading schemes. It is the responsibility of the Class Teacher to ensure that all children are reading a book that is of an appropriate level. All children are also encouraged to choose a book from the class book corner to take home to share with an adult.

Children move on to a new colour band after a formal assessment (called a benchmark) by a member of staff. This checks that the child is reading accurately, fluently and with a good understanding of what they are reading.

Children are expected to change their books independently, as regularly as they need to. The class teacher will support the younger children to do so.

Reading books are kept centrally in the School Hall and colour-banded chapter books are also kept in the classroom reading corners in some KS2 classrooms.

The sequence of colour bands is: Pink, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Orange, Turquoise, Purple, Gold, White, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire.

Children throughout school are required to read daily at home and this should be recorded in the yellow Link Book, either by an adult or the child themselves.

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