English at Goldington Green Academy
Through our English curriculum, we aim to inspire all children to communicate confidently, to be discerning and passionate readers and able to create their own views with eloquence and depth; becoming masters of language, and creators of thought provoking and captivating texts.
We cover all aspects of the National Curriculum in Years 1 -6, and the Early Learning Goals in Early Years. We ensure children develop high levels of phonics skills; grammar, spelling and punctuation fluency, alongside neat cursive handwriting.
All of these skills ensure our pupils achieve high levels of reading, writing, oracy and communication.
By covering a wide variety of genres including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and play scripts, we seek to develop a love of reading and writing, both for learning and for pleasure.
Our knowledge organisers for each genre set out the key things that should be included for each genre in each year group.
Each child has two reading books: one of these is a book matched to their current phonic knowledge and one is a book of their own choice as part of our focus on love of reading. The following document shows our colours for book banding: Book Banding
Since Covid-19, we are continuing to follow the National Curriculum and cover a range of genres for reading and writing. Where necessary, we are supporting children to close any gaps that have occurred through feedback on their writing and guided groups.
We have also identified children who have fallen behind with their reading and are hearing them read daily in order to close the gaps. Phonics teaching has continued into Year 2 and Year 3 to support children who have not passed the phonics screening test.
Reading at GGA
We follow the 'Letters and Sounds' approach to teaching phonics
At Goldington Green Academy we place a great emphasis on reading. Our school environment reflects this. We have competitions for the best reading corners and reading doors
We will hear your child read 1-1 at least once a week. We will record this in your child's reading record/planner.
Please ensure that your child's record/planner is in school every day.