English National Curriculum
Children are taught Key Skills in Writing and Reading.

Writing includes narratives, explanations, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations.

Teaching of Key skills in writing involves:

  • Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.
  • Composition.
  • Transcription – Spelling & Handwriting.

Children have a balanced curriculum of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Pupils also have weekly extended writing sessions and handwriting sessions.

English lessons lasts 45mins approx

Pupils also have 3 Grammar sessions per week in both KS1 & KS2, with children working within small groups according to their ability.

Reception & Year 1 have daily Phonics sessions, taught using the Letters and Sounds scheme.Please click here to read more about Letters and Sounds scheme.

Children who have not achieved Phase 6 by end of Year 2 will take part in a Phonics catch up in Year 3.

Pinfold adopted in September 2016 the No Nonsense Approach to spellings. Pupils from Year 3 to 6 are taught 5 sessions over a two week period, while Year 2 have a daily spelling sessions.

Please see the Nononsense Spelling Powerpoint if you were unable to attend the Spelling Meeting in March.

KS1 & Ks2 are taught two short handwriting sessions a week and one longer session.

We use a handwriting Patter with the children to support their cursive handwriting.

Teaching of Key Skills in Reading involves:

  • Word reading.
  • Comprehension.

In KS1 the children follow all reading books are book banded. This means books are very carefully graded by levels.  We use a variety of different books, such as Oxford Reading Tree and Sunshine books in our Book Banded scheme. Each book band is given its own colour and your child will move through the different colours as they move through the levels.

In KS1 we read in 4 different ways:

1. Home reading books.

2. Guided reading books – we group the children  according to their reading ability.

3. 1:1 reading books in school-  Your child will be on the same level/colour as they are on at home.

4. Reading for enjoyment.

Additionally to this EYFS and Year 1 are taught Phonics everyday to support the development of reading.

KS2 have group reading sessions three times a week and are also encouraged to silent read for short lengths of time.

Written English is extended to topic work and many other curriculum areas in both KS1 and KS2

Below you will find the National Curriculum (2014) Statutory Requirements.

The complete Curriculum framework can be found on the Department for Education website.

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