The English Curriculum is designed to immerse the children in their Discovery learning, high quality texts, rich language and a range of engaging writing genres. It is carefully planned to ensure children gain the cultural capital and language enrichment needed to be successful in later life, as well as being inspired to become confident and passionate readers and writers.
Phonics and Early Reading
Phonics and confidence in early reading are integral to children’s success in English and the wider curriculum. We want our children to progress from learning to read to reading to learn so we have ensured that there is a rigorous, consistent and systematic approach to the teaching of synthetic phonics embedded across the school to ensure children make strong progress. Phonics lessons, which include multi-sensory and active elements, are delivered with passion to inspire confidence and enjoyment in reading and writing. Wider opportunities are given to apply this phonic knowledge both inside and outside of the phonics lesson in a language rich curriculum.
We use the Wandle Teaching School Alliance revised Letters and Sounds approach to teaching Phonics - accredited by the DfE.
The below link provides support for parents on how we teach the children the sound and tricky words.:
This pdf provides the programme overview:
In the 2020 Year 1 Phonics Check, 96% of our pupils passed.
At Broadwater, we are dedicated to creating confident and enthusiastic lifelong readers. We create an environment where children love books, reading fluently for meaning and developing strong comprehension skills, as well as a deep understanding of language. All children experience regular story time in class, as well as a daily reading lesson. We use the ‘Big Cat’ and ‘Dandelion’ reading schemes to support children in making progress in reading.
We aim to make writing at Broadwater meaningful. Children write for a range of purposes and audiences in daily writing lessons, striving to create high quality pieces of writing they can be proud of. They learn essential skills for becoming a successful writer, such as developing language and ideas, drafting, editing and publishing. Each year group has a writing toolkit, which includes the key skills children need to master. We want all children to understand the importance of accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar and we have high expectations of handwriting and presentation.
Helping your child at home
Reading and Reading Journals: Please listen to your child read for at least 20 minutes every day to promote a love of reading and positive reading habits. You can also support them in improving their reading skills and widening their vocabulary. Please ensure a there is a parent/carer comment or child's entry in their reading journal five times per week.
Spelling: Your child will be given a set of words to practise every week for a spelling test. Please spend time practising the spellings, the meaning of the words and handwriting with your child.
Phonics: We run engaging workshops for all of our Reception and Year 1 parents/carers, where you will learn how to support your child effectively at home and take part in an interactive session with your child. We also run individual phonics and early reading workshops.
Parent/Carer Feedback (Phonics Workshops):
'Great explanation of sounds, very useful handouts.’ (Year 1 Parent/Carer)
‘It is a great support for parents, especially of those who learned phonics differently/ English as a second language. The handout is really useful as well. Great to have the reading corner for children and parents. Thank you, really appreciate it.’ (Reception Parent/Carer)
How to pronounce the sounds and learn our rhymes:
Flashcards and Tricky Words
Recommended Reading Lists