Our approach to English

In English, high quality texts linked to curriculum topics are used as a context for the teaching of the curriculum standards.

A strong emphasis is put on using talk to develop writing, as well as the teaching of basic writing skills including grammar and punctuation. Separate handwriting and spelling lessons are taught weekly; children are then expected to embed these skills across the curriculum. We use the Department for Education's Letters and Sounds approach to Phonics teaching.

At Chesterton we use a range of reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Rocket and Dandelion Readers.