The subject lead for English is Mrs Sian Stewart.
The link governor for English is Vic Knight.
At Walton, our teaching of Phonics and Reading, Writing and SPaG follows the National Curriculum. We aim to: nurture a love of reading by developing fundamental skills, especially in early reading; develop children's stamina and resilience when composing extended pieces of writing; ensure children are confident when using the technical elements of SPaG in writing and reading.
We are currently implementing Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised to teach Phonics and early reading. At KS2, we teach the VIPERS reading skills through Whole Class Reading lessons.
We use Pie Corbett's Talk4Writing to teach writing in EYFS and KS1 and progress to using Jane Considine's The Write Stuff at KS2.
For more details on the implementation of the different areas of English, please see the Walton Approach documents attached below.
Phonics and Early Reading:
Our children feel confident to use their phonic knowledge to engage with reading and can use their decoding skills to understanding new and exciting vocabulary.
At Walton, our children have a positive attitude to reading as an interesting and exciting subject, appreciating our rich and varied literary heritage. They have developed the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information. In EYFS and KS1, reading books are fully decodable to encourage fluency and success.
They write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. Our children aspire to have fluent and legible handwriting using a cursive font. They feel confident to plan, draft, revise and edit their own writing and know, understand and are able to write in a range of genres. The children have an interest in words and their meanings and a growing vocabulary. Through reading and writing, our children develop their powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.