English

English at Castle Carrock school is taught through different elements of the curriculum.

Some elements of literacy skills are taught as discreet skills – e.g. early phonics , reading, writing and grammar.

Writing

At Castle Carrock School we give our children a writing curriculum which will enable them to be confident, creative and independent writers. Our children are supported to develop transferable skills which  are used across the curriculum. Our children leave Castle Carrock with the technical skills to communicate clearly. 

We recognise that seeing good writing in action is vital for the children to develop their own creativity and sense of audience. Our writing curriculum is enhanced through visiting authors; real-world opportunities to write; publishing work; digital platforms and in many other ways. 

Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation

Spelling, grammar and punctuation is externally tested at Key Stage 2. Right from Year 1 the children are taught in short bursts of work which concentrate on the skills (or in some cases rules) needed. In Key Stage 2 we have dedicated spelling and grammar lessons designed to give your children the building blocks of writing. The children learn the vocabulary associated with grammar – and also use this when assessing and talking about their own writing.

Two guides for parents can be downloaded here:

Parents' Guide to Grammar - Glossary
Parents' Guide to Punctuation

Reading
We are very proud of our reading culture here at Castle Carrock. Not only do we always take part in Book Week and World Book Day, we also use local and national initiatives such as SpellBinding and the Carnegie award to promote reading in school.

We start the school day with whole school reading – and welcome volunteers to listen to readers at this time. Class 4 generally work on a shared text, whilst other classes will do lots of group, paired or individual reading.

Early years experience reading initially through phonics provision – and we encourage the enjoyment of books from an early age. The teacher sharing a book with children, older children reading with younger children and books shared in assemblies all form part of our reading culture.

Children will bring a reading book home which is designed for support their development right from the start – don’t forget to listen to them read aloud! Right up to Year 6 (and beyond!) children benefit immensely from being listened to – and they enjoy it!

A Parents’ guide for phonics can be found here:

Parents' Guides - How to help your child read

How can you support reading at home?