We use the National Curriculum objectives as a basis for our English curriculum. These are delivered through a carefully planned curriculum which exposes pupils to a wide range of genres throughout their time in Primary school. Our curriculum is based on the high quality texts from a range of authors, genres and styles and is reviewed annually.
Supporting this are the National Curriculum objectives for vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to ensure progression of knowledge throughout the year groups.
At SMMA we use Sounds Write as our phonics scheme. All our teachers in Reception, Year 1 and 2 have attended comprehensive training in teaching phonics through Sounds Write. Sounds Write is 'a very highly structured, multi-sensory, incremental and code-oriented, instructional approach to teaching children to read and spell. It teaches all key elements of conceptual understanding, factual knowledge, and the three essential skills of blending, segmenting and phoneme manipulation necessary for learning to read and spell and it does so on a daily basis until all children achieve the automaticity that underlies the fluency of every successful reader.'
Each year, we offer parents and families in Reception, Year 1 and 2 the opportunity to attend a workshop led by teachers on our phonics scheme. Please find below the Phonics guide for parents and the Phonics Statement.