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English @ Spire

 

English at Spire Junior School

Our practice in the teaching of reading and writing is defined by current national guidance on best practice, in-service training, staff discussion and professional judgement.

 

Our approach to teaching of English is multi-faceted, incorporating oracy, drama, real contexts and high-quality literature. Our priority is to create fluent readers and writers with all the skills and knowledge they need to be confidently literate in life.

 

We want all children to leave Spire Junior School with a life-long reading habit and a love of books because reading will improve their vocabulary, inspire them creatively and improve their ability to write well.

 

Skills needed for reading and writing are taught within real contexts wherever possible and teachers plan creative and relevant links to their class topics as a stimulus.

 


At Spire Junior School we are constantly striving to improve and grow our library, we follow the Oxford Reading Tree sequence of  books that shows a cumulative progression in phonics knowledge that is matched closely to the school’s phonics programme, leading to a well structured reading programme that enabales children to become independent readers. 

 

Take a look at our Virtual Library — Click on the library to open the library and then click on the book you want to be read to you

English @ Spire Virtual Tour image

 

Phonics at Spire Junior School

Phonics is  the code that turns written language into spoken language and vice versa. It is the vital initial step in teaching children to read. Phonics is explicitly taught in the first term of  Year 3, and in intervention groups throughout school. If you wish to know more about the six phases, or the terminology used, this guide will help.

Click here to find our Phonics Guide for parents and carers

 

Policies

If you wish to view our policies for reading, writing or spelling, please follow the links below

Reading Policy 

Writing Policy 

Spelling Policy 

 

Progression Maps

Progession is mapped through Key Stage 2 in each area of the English Curriculum

Reading Progression Map

Writing Progression Map

Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation Progression Map

Spelling and Handwriting Progression Map

 

Curriculum Guidance

National Curriculum English Programmes of Study 

English Glossary 

English Appendix 1: Spelling

English Appendix 2: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

 

Spire Reading Dog 

 

Attendance

We've achieved...

94.88%

Our target was...

96%

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Ofsted

The school was inspected by Ofsted in March 2017. The school continues to be rated as a good school.

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