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English, Phonics and Reading

We use 'Read Write Inc' in our

teaching of phonics

Our Reading Schemes:

Oxford Reading Tree (main scheme)

We also use Rigby Stars, Phonics Bug , Story Worlds and Wayland.

Our children also have access to eBooks through BugClub.


English Vision for Blackmoor Park Infant School and Kindergarten


Our English lessons develop children’s spoken language, reading, writing and grammar and vocabulary. English is taught in a cross-curricular way, linking up with other areas of the curriculum. We teach our children to speak clearly, to convey their ideas fluently and confidently and to ask questions. Their vocabulary is developed systematically. Our children are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely. Our teachers share their favourite 5 texts each half term with their class at a dedicated story session.

We use Read, Write Inc for our phonics programme. Phonic awareness helps the development of reading by segmenting and blending sounds. The children are heard reading individually and in groups. The guided reading sessions cover both fiction and non-fiction books. Guided reading also develops the children’s comprehension skills. Parents are given clear expectations about reading at home.

We develop writing skills so that our children have the stamina and ability to write at the age expected standard. To support children in moving towards independent writing we provide a wide range of activities including use of film and imagery, modelled, shared and guided writing, peer editing and discussion. We use drama and the narrative immersion approach to encourage pupils to express their ideas, exchange ideas and to develop more sophisticated vocabulary. We provide opportunities for writing for purpose and we encourage pupils to see themselves as authors. We promote the status of written work by providing opportunities for children’s writing to be published and read by real audiences; on a weekly basis, our Writing Champions select a child in each class whose work demonstrates application of skills taught and effort to improve their content.

Drama is used as a key tool in developing oral skills, vocabulary development, building confidence and self- esteem, and as an essential tool in developing imaginative, expressive, and persuasive spoken and written language. ‘Hot seating’, and ‘response in role’ drama techniques are used in literacy lessons aid the development of speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. Imaginative role play is fundamental to developing the whole child in Early Years and KS1 education.

Our English lead at Blackmoor Park is Mrs Ware.

What's happening in English lessons at Blackmoor...

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