The Teaching Of English At Ainsdale St John's.
Phonics and Reading
As children develop reading skills, it is vital that they read regularly at home. Your support is invaluable for developing their fluency, confidence and understanding. Even if your child is an independent reader, it is still important for you to read with them, listen to them and discuss the books they are reading. We recommend this happen at home for 15 minutes or more each day. If your child is a competent reader do not let that stop you reading to them. Help them to choose a book that is stimulating and will develop their evolving vocabulary bank.
The children follow a spelling programme for Years 2 to 6, specially created to meet the higher demands of The National Curriculum. Spelling rules are introduced, tested and revisited. This prepares children for the end of key stage National Curriculum tests. Please support your child with their spelling journey at home too – English is a very complicated language!
In Years 2-6, our English lessons are taught through a novel, which changes termly. The novel is carefully chosen to suit the topic that is being taught within that term and to provide exciting and diverse writing opportunities.