At Beechwood, the English curriculum is rooted in the school’s underlying aims, ethos and values. It is carefully designed to equip our pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding and attitudes that will both prepare them for the next stage in their education and enable them to live successful lives in the present and future.
The Beechwood English curriculum aims to:
- develop the necessary skills to use the English language confidently, appropriately and accurately in a range of situations;
- be able to read a range of materials fluently and with understanding for enjoyment and for information;
- be able to speak clearly, fluently and with an expanding vocabulary;
- be able to listen to the spoken word attentively, with understanding, pleasure and empathy;
- understand and use the grammatical and linguistic conventions of standard English;
- develop an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage;
- be able to write effectively for a range of purposes and audiences, using spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately and confidently.
At Beechwood, we use a systematic programme called ‘Read, Write Inc.’ developed by Ruth Miskin to teach phonics. It helps children become fluent and confident readers
The Government strongly recommend the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early reading skills to children. Synthetic phonics is the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word.
The children are assessed regularly and grouped according to their ability within their year group.
When using RWI to read the children will:
- Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple prompts
- Learn to read words using sound blending (Fred talk)
- Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out
- Show that they comprehend the stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It'
All children in reception, Year and Year 2 have a login for Reading Eggs. This is a fantastic website that helps to support your child’s phonics learning and reading.
Reading Eggs Login
Helping your child to read at home
Reading at both home and school is vitally important to ensure your child becomes a lifelong reader. At Beechwood, we work really hard to develop a love of books and reading and we appreciate the support you provide in helping us with this. This year we have purchased lots of new and exciting books for your child to read in school and take home.
Daily reading at home and at school ensures children make good progress in developing reading skills no matter what age they are.
Here are some useful websites for tips to help support your child read at home:
Please aim to listen to your child read at least three times a week and record this in their green reading record. This will be checked weekly and recorded onto their class reading chart. Any children who read regularly each week will be rewarded with a certificate and prize at the end of each half term.
Children can also read a range of interesting books on ‘Bug Club’. This is a fun and exciting website that the school has signed up to. Your child has already been given their login details.
Please click on our home reading policy below if you would like any further information.
Reading for Pleasure
Click below to see our English demonstration videos for each Year group