English

Individual year group theme plans can be seen here.

All the children will have an English lesson every day as this is a key aspect of learning.  The school uses the Read, Write, Inc scheme to teach phonics to all children in Key Stage 1and some children in key stage 2. Please see here for more information on Read, Write, Inc.

Reading

Here at Christ Church, we value the importance of reading as the key to everything. So much of what we do in life – for learning and enjoyment – requires an understand of words, their diverse meanings and the impact they can have on people.

At a young age, stories – whether shared or read independently – are crucial in engaging children in enjoying adventures, empathising with feelings and understanding different cultures. To support this, we have put together a selection of some highly recommended texts across all key stages, some of which are available online – on text or as audio books.

Engage… Enjoy… Excite!

Cursive Writing at Christ Church Primary School

In term 4 2016 we implemented a cursive handwriting scheme across the school. The decision to teach a continuous cursive style was made as a result of the new end of year expectations and the overwhelmingly positive research linking this style to improved speed, fluency and spelling.  During term 4 each class (years 1-6) will have a 15-20 minute handwriting session every day and in reception, new letters will be introduced weekly. We will then continue with our weekly sessions from term 5. Writing in all subjects should be in our cursive style- this includes written pieces of homework.

You can download a crib sheet showing the letter formations and rhymes to support hereCursive Letter Formation Handwriting Sheet with Rhymes.  All letters start from the line and are initially taught with a ‘whoosh in’ and a ‘whoosh out’.

You can read our handwriting policy here – Handwiriting policy joined 2016   and more information about cursive writing can be found here – Handwriting presentation.

We greatly appreciate your support in encouraging the children to use cursive script. If you have any questions please talk to your class teacher.