The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment’ National Curriculum, September 2013
At Darenth we use a synthetic phonics programme called 'Read Write Inc' produced by Ruth Miskin. Read Write Inc is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics, blending them together to read and write words and using these learnt sounds in their reading and writing. In EYFS and KS1 children will follow a daily phonic programme to create fluent, enthusiastic readers, confident speakers and willing writers. In KS2, children follow a daily spelling programme.
The children are assessed and grouped according to their ability. They will work with a teacher or teaching assistant on the Read Write Inc programme. At the end of each term the children will be assessed again and put into new groups. In addition to the Read Write Inc programme the children will also be working on writing skills in their classes with their own class teacher.
At Darenth we are privileged to have a variety of different languages and dialects, including Romany spoken regularly. However, we encourage the use of standard spoken English during lesson times to support the understanding of spelling and correct grammar. We feel it is important for children to have their own way of speaking valued, but also to learn when it is appropriate to use formal terms of phrase. All our staff will model standard spoken English to the children and encourage them to do the same,