English curriculum and Phonics

At Newlyn School we teach the National Curriculum in a way that engages all our children.
We are passionate about fostering a love of reading and writing in our children and we do this through creative teaching and making links with the outside world.
We are delighted to announce that we now have a Resident Poet at Newlyn School. Sally Crabtree will work with children of all ages through drama and workshops to really bring poetry and creativity alive. 
We believe that reading, and particularly reading for pleasure, is the most important skill a child can learn as it opens up whole new worlds to them and raises aspirations. We have invested in a new library which is a beautiful space for our children to learn to read and to share books with an adult. We run a book club for children to listen to stories and one to challenge our more able readers. We have invested in a range of high quality guided reading texts for the children to share with the class teacher and are committed to continue to invest in books in the years to come. 
All children are encouraged to read at home. Reading with your child has a huge impact on their progress. Through our Pyjama Parties, we will continue to support parents with this, sharing ideas and resources with you so that you feel confident supporting your child at home.
Phonics is another area in which we invested heavily. At Newlyn School we use a systematic approach to teach children to read. Daily phonics sessions, driven by the Government’s Letters and Sounds programme, begin in the nursery where children are taught how to be good speakers and listeners and to make and differentiate between sounds. In the EYFS and KS1 children continue with daily phonics lessons, using the synthetic phonics approach which teaches them the pure sounds that individual and groups of letters make. We use a range of engaging resources, to ensure that these sessions are fun and interactive for pupils.  At the same time as learning sounds, children are taught how to blend them together for reading and to segment them for spelling.  We offer a range of reading books, matched to our phonics programme, to ensure there is something to match all pupils’ interests.  The books are grouped into coloured “bands” and the pupils’ book bands are closely matched to their current phonic attainment, allowing them to consolidate their existing skills whilst practising new ones.
The teaching of grammar and spelling starts with our youngest children. From Year 1, all children learn spelling through No Nonsense Spellings and will have spelling homework. We teach grammar explicitly and use Rising Stars assessment to make sure children are making progress.
However, the most important aspect to writing is to fully engage children so that they want to write. We do this through good quality class texts and writing for a wide range of purposes, from labels and instructions, to stories and persuasive letters.
Speaking and Listening
Speaking and listening are skills we develop from the  first days at school. We encourage children to take part in speaking and listening activities through all areas of the curriculum. We encourage them to speak in assembly and to take part in shows and concerts that take place through out the school year.
Engaging children and parents through our annual Pyjama Party
Each year we invite our children back into school in the evening to share a book with their teacher. Parents stay too and we talk about reading and sharing books.