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
Phonics is taught daily from Nursery to Year 2 following the Letters and Sounds programme. Teachers use a range of interactive activities, games, songs and physical resources to ensure the lessons are engaging and purposeful for the children. The teaching of high frequency words is also incorporated into these sessions.
Once Phase 6 has been covered in Year 2, the teaching of Phonics continues through the use of recap sessions, as well as the explicit teaching of spelling rules which ensure no gaps across the previous phases and allow children to apply their phonics learning to their independent writing.