At Chalton Lower we teach phonics using Twinkl Phonics across the whole school. At the end of year 1 pupils take the phonics test. A repeat test will be completed at the end of year 2 should any child not achieve the required standard.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar [SPAG]
We have specific lessons and times when we teach key grammar and punctuation skills. Children are also given spellings to practise each week.
We use a range of reading schemes – Story World, Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Jelly and Bean and Twinkl Phonics. However we also use a variety of other approaches to develop the child’s reading skills, such as Giglets online reading scheme.
We very much value the parental help we receive in hearing your child read at home. This makes a real contribution to the children’s progress.
We always welcome parent volunteers to hear children read in school.
The children are taught and encouraged to write across all curriculum subjects. Specifically in English lessons, teachers use carefully chosen fiction and non-fiction text as a stimulus for writing, which enhance and compliment our half termly topics. At Chalton Lower School we use the Letter-Join Handwriting scheme to support the children’s handwriting development. In Nursery and Reception we focus on the correct formation of letters. From Year 1 upwards we begin to teach the children cursive handwriting.
English and Language Development
High priority is given to language development as this is the key to formulating and communicating ideas and concepts. Children are encouraged to ;
Describe, explain and sustain a dialogue
Develop fluency and coherence in speech
Develop comprehension and understanding using creative approaches such as drama
Develop listening skills
Be aware of the importance of literature
Participate actively in simple discussion