English Curriculum Statement
At Longfield, we aim to give our pupils the skills to voice their opinions with confidence. Through reading a variety of high quality books in each year, pupils are able to glean a wide range of vocabulary and a deeper understanding of the rules of grammar which they are able to weave together, enabling them to be confident and articulate both in spoken and written form. Using these enriching texts, we are able to guide the pupils on their journey from reading to writing, nurturing them to produce eloquent and purposeful writing.
Reading Curriculum Statement
Reading is at the heart of learning at Longfield. Pupils are encouraged to become readers, both for purpose and pleasure. Carefully selected books are available to all pupils, from reception through to year 6, in our inviting library, classroom book corners and book shelves.
Within our timetable, we dedicate time for whole class reading, independent reading, developing comprehension skills and deepening understanding of vocabulary and grammar.
Younger years focus on daily phonic input. We value Phonics as an essential component in teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. We believe that when Phonics is taught in a structured, engaging way- starting with the simplest sounds and building up to the most complex- it is the most effective method in ensuring that children become fluent and enthusiastic readers. We follow the guidance given from Letters and Sounds (2007) to inform our teaching sequence.
Longfield employs a variety of reading schemes to ensure that pupils are reading a range of phonetically decodable books, balanced with texts that enrich vocabulary and deepen comprehension. These schemes are: Phonic Bug, Oxford Reading Tree, Oxford Press, Tree Tops, Big Cat, Rising Stars, Reading Planet, Rocket Phonics and Rigby.