At Semley, we believe in a holistic approach to teaching English. We aim to develop our children’s love of literature by nurturing a widespread love of reading for pleasure and basing our teaching of the English curriculum on a rich variety of high-quality texts. Throughout school, beginning in Reception, children are encouraged to use and explore a variety of strategies which will build towards their application of Reading and Writing. Language is celebrated in all classrooms, where children are immersed in a communication enabling environment full of rich vocabulary. We have created our own bespoke reading scheme designed to engage and enrich our children's fluency and comprehension. We try to instill our children with a love of books and reading, and they are encouraged to read at home every evening, as we believe that an early grasp of reading skills opens the door to all areas of the curriculum.
We teach phonics using the Twinkl phonics scheme which is supplemented by games, songs and activities from the Letters and Sounds programme. We recognise that some children find learning spelling rules more challenging and so before they begin to learn spellings appropriate for their year groups, we ensure they are secure with the words that come up most frequently in the English language - these form our Tricky Word List One and Tricky Word List Two which are attached below.