English is at the heart of our curriculum at Camelot. Through the teaching of high-quality texts, our children learn to both express themselves and better understand the world around them.
In Years 1-6, we read high-quality texts to inspire and engage children in the writing process. These texts are from a variety of different genres and are diverse in their viewpoints and authorship, providing a model for our children to aspire to.
Children at Camelot learn how to become confident and articulate writers across a range of text types through a carefully-sequenced learning journey where they are given numerous opportunities to:
- see and hear the writing process modelled by their teacher ("shared writing")
- gather and learn new vocabulary
- practise and build up a bank of literary phrases for effect
- discuss their ideas before starting to write
- edit their own work both independently and in response to teacher feedback
Key to our children's enthusiasm for writing is that teachers always make writing opportunities purposeful, with real audiences and reasons why the children need to express themselves.
At Camelot, we believe that all pupils should enjoy and develop a love of reading. We strive to expose our children to a wide range of beautifully written, high-quality texts which demonstrate aspirational language, reflect our school community and underpin the Camelot school values.
Being able to read unlocks the curriculum for our children; it allows them to access word problems in Maths and Science, read and understand sources of information in History and above all sparks their imagination, enriches their writing and encourages a range of creative skills.
We aim to cultivate readers with a passion for a wide range of genres to ensure that their love of reading extends beyond the classroom and evokes a thirst for knowledge and a curiosity for life.
Children at Camelot are exposed to a varied diet of Reading. Reading weaves its way through the curriculum, the classroom environment and the wider culture of the school.
Children are exposed to reading through:
- ‘Teaching of Reading’ lessons
- Reading opportunities across the curriculum
- Classroom Book Corners
- Story time
- Opportunities for independent reading
- Reading at home
- Visits to the school library
- Special reading weeks
- Local library trips
Our aim at Camelot is to foster a love of reading and writing in our children.
Phonics is a system by which children learn to read and write. Children learn individual sounds (phonemes) and their corresponding letters (graphemes) which they either blend together to read or they segment (break down words into sounds) to write.
We primarily use the Letters and Sounds programme to teach phonics with a sprinkling of methods from other programmes. Phonics is taught daily in Early Years and KS1 with reference still being made to it as a reading and writing strategy in KS2. Common exception words, sometimes called tricky words, are also taught. These are words such as ‘the’ and ‘said’ which cannot be read phonetically, so they are learnt by sight. Children are given books to take home with the phonemes that they have been taught at school, making them more confident in their reading.
Letters and Sounds is split into 6 phases with each phase building in complexity. Phase 1 is taught in nursery, phase 2, 3 and 4 in Reception, phase 5 in Year 1 and phase 6 in Year 2. There can be overlap in which years phases are taught.
More recently, our Reception year have been selected to take part in a pilot programme called Flexible Phonics which exposes children to ‘flipping’ between the different sounds that graphemes make when reading and also applying that to writing. For example – the phoneme ‘ow’ can make one sound in ‘h-ow’ but another in ‘g-r-ow’ and Flexible Phonics teaches children to flip between the two phonemes that the ‘ow’ graphemes make and decide which phoneme is more appropriate in context of the word and text.
We take pride in delivering exceptional, engaging and inclusive phonics lessons, giving all children the opportunity to get ahead at their own pace.