Redscope Primary School, Rotherham
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The KS1 and FS English Lead is Mrs McClare and the KS2 English Leads are Mrs Walpole and Mrs Denwood.

The study of English at Redscope develops children’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, including the communication of their ideas, views and feelings. Children are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and media texts. Children use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations.


The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:


* read easily, fluently and with good understanding

* develop the habit of reading widely and often for both pleasure and information

* acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

* write clearly, accurately and coherently

* use discussion in order to be competent in the art of speaking and listening


English has an important place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; therefore, it is a priority of our school that all pupils develop their speaking skills to enable them to make a positive contribution. As part of daily English lessons at Redscope, our children are encouraged to verbalise their ideas and practise sentence structures orally. We use Talk for Writing in Key Stage One and Lower Key Stage Two to promote oral storytelling and vocabulary practice prior to written work.


At our school, it is our aim to develop enthusiastic and confident readers who can understand a wide range of texts. Children will read for interest, information and we pride ourselves in encouraging children to read for enjoyment. Our pupils are provided with daily opportunities to read collaboratively, independently and in guided reading sessions to both develop reading and comprehension skills and promote reading for enjoyment.


Reading at Redscope

* Children have the opportunity to read for pleasure

* They develop the ability to read aloud fluently and with expression

* Skills are taught to develop the ability to read for meaning

* We develop the skills required for the critical reading of texts

* Children read, summarise, express and clarify their own ideas and the ideas of others.

* Children are encouraged to read a wide range of fiction, poetry and non-fiction materials

* They are taught using a range of strategies including:

-Phonic (sounding the letters and blending them together)

-Visual (whole word recognition and analogy with known words)

-Contextual (use of picture and background knowledge)

-Grammatical (which words make sense)

* Be encouraged to listen attentively

* Gain awareness of the close links between reading and writing


Phonics and Reading Schemes in KS1

In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 we use the DfE publication ‘Letters and Sounds’, to supplement and structure our phonics teaching and assessment. At the end of Year 1 pupils take the Statutory Phonics test which consists of reading real and alien words to assess their decoding skills. In Year 2 children start to look at spelling rules and patterns detailed in the National Curriculum. These are sent home as spelling lists for children to learn weekly. Their knowledge and understanding of these rules is tested in the statutory End of Key Stage 1 spelling test. Reading is a major focus at Redscope Primary School. Children are organised into small groups and take part in at least 2 pupil guided reading sessions per week. Books are carefully levelled using the PM benchmark scheme to ensure children have the opportunity to make small steps of progress and feel successful moving through the levels.

Reading Scheme books include:

PM Library


Collins Big Cat

Kingfisher Readers

Engage Literacy

Oxford University Press including Oxford Reading Tree and Project X

Discovery World

Rigby Star

Let’s read - Macmillan


Our English curriculum is designed to promote good outcomes for pupils by providing children with the opportunity to develop their speaking and listening into reading and writing skills. We use the National Curriculum objectives to inform our planning and progression documents to ensure that skills are being built on in each year group. Cross-curricular links are planned for, ensuring each year group covers a range of writing genres linked to their curriculum topics throughout the year to ensure that skills are being practised and knowledge and understanding is being applied to other curriculum areas. Each year group has specific genres, ensuring that during their time at Redscope Primary, they have developed mastery of a wide range of writing styles for a range of different purposes.

Writing at Redscope

* We encourage and promote ‘Talk for Writing’ in Key Stage One and Lower Key Stage Two

* Grammar, punctuation and spelling objectives taught are applied into appropriate writing genres

* High quality texts, drama and first-hand experiences are used to stimulate writing opportunities.

* Modelling and shared/collaborative writing is used regularly to demonstrate good practice

* We provide time for planning, editing and revising

* Checklists are used for pupils to self-assess or peer assess, when appropriate so they can evaluate effectively

* Pre-cursive (KS1) and cursive (KS2) handwriting is used to support spelling, speed and overall presentation


Grammar, punctuation and spelling is taught in discrete teaching sessions at our school to ensure that children have a secure understanding of grammatical structures, word classes, accurate punctuation use and spelling patterns. Children are given the opportunity to practise skills during these sessions which can then be applied in writing sessions in English and other curriculum areas. We use the Rising Stars scheme for spelling to ensure that spelling patterns are being taught consistently across school.