English is the basis of all communication and is taught from Nursery through to Year 6.
At Spelthorne School we deliver a daily literacy session of at least an hour which covers reading, phonics, grammar and writing. In addition to this, we have regular drama activities and opportunities for speaking and listening.
Handwriting skills are explicitly taught and built on each year with children being encouraged to join their letters from Year 1. We follow spelling and grammar programmes that deliver the skills essential for writing from Year 1 to Year 6.
We are extremely lucky to be able to use the No Nonsense Literacy scheme for English teaching which immerses the children in a wide range of age appropriate and stimulating texts, both fiction and non-fiction. Children are inspired to write through role play and re-telling which enables all children to be confident in their writing. They are encouraged to challenge themselves by extending their vocabulary, using a variety of sentence structures and incorporating a range of punctuation.