Millennium Primary School Millennium Primary School

Maritime Academy Trust

English at Millennium

English at Millennium Primary School

Millennium follows the 2014 National Curriculum as our programme of study.

Phonics

As a school, we follow Letters and Sounds as our programme of study for Phonics. We use the resource www.phonicsplay.co.uk to support our planning and teaching.

 

Letters and Sounds

Phase 1

Nursery

Phase 2

Reception Autumn term

(plus children who have been identified to be at the correct stage of development in Nursery)

Phase 3

Reception

Phase 4

Reception Summer term

+ consolidation

Phase 5

Year 1

+ new content in line with 2014 National Curriculum

Phase 6

Year 2

+ new content in line with 2014 National Curriculum

Reading: Guided Reading

We use the Collins Big Cat guided reading scheme as a resource, as well as high quality children’s novels for our older children. During our guided reading sessions (FS/KS1 1–1:30pm; KS2 9–9:30am) the children are taught to apply their phonic knowledge to decode writing and to develop their understanding of the text through focussed comprehension questions.

Writing – Text Types

Over the course of the year the following text types/genres will be taught across the school. Teachers can support the children’s work by revisiting genres taught in previous years, as well as covering new genres which make strong cross-curricular links with our topics.

 

Year 1

Narrative

Traditional tales

Stories with repetitive patterns or structures

Stories by same author e.g. Julia Donaldson or Anthony Browne

Stories form other cultures

Fantasy

Non-fiction

Instructions e.g. recipe

Recounts of familiar events

Non-Chronological report

Other non-fiction texts e.g. labels, lists, captions, menus, invitations, postcards, wanted poster, glossary

Poetry

Poems on a theme

Poems for learning by heart

Traditional rhymes including innovation e.g. This is the house that Jack built

                     

 

Year 2

Narrative

Stories set in schools (or other familiar settings)

Stories by same author

Traditional tales with a twist

Animal adventure stories

Story as a theme

Non-fiction

Instructions

Recounts: letters

Non-chronological report

Explanation text

Persuasive advert or poster

Poetry

Poems on a theme

Poems with a structure e.g. riddles

Classic poetry e.g. The Owl and the Pussycat

               

 

Year 3

Narrative

Fables

Fairy tales/folk tales

Mystery

Novel as a theme

Play scripts

Non-fiction

Recounts: Diaries

Non-chronological report

Persuasive letters

Explanation text

Recount: Biography

Discussion: for and against

Poetry

Poems on a theme

Poems with a structure e.g. shape, calligrams, rhyming couplets

Class poetry for performance

                     

 

Year 4

Narrative

Fairy tales/folk tales

Fantasy

Myths

Novel as a theme

Issues and Dilemmas

Film and Playscript

Non-fiction

Recounts: Newspapers

Information booklet with collection of non-fiction text types

Non-chronological report

Explanation text

Persuasion – sales pitch/article

Discussion debate/report

Poetry

Poems on a theme

Poems e.g. kennings, cinquain

Classic poetry

 

Year 5

Narrative

Novel as a theme

Legends

Stories from other cultures

Science Fiction

Film and Playscript

Historical Narrative

Non-fiction

Magazine articles

Information booklet with range of text types

Reports including formal reports

Persuasion Radio or TV broadcast

Discussion – formal debate

Poetry

Poems with a structure e.g. haiku, limericks

Poems with figurative language

Classic narrative poetry

                     

 

Year 6

Narrative

Detective/Crime

Older literature e.g. Shakespeare

Classic Fiction

Flashbacks/time shift

Novels as a theme

Non-fiction

Persuasion

Explanation text

Discussion

Recount biography and autobiography

Information text hybrid

Poetry

Poems

Free Verse

Classic Narrative poetry

Poems with imagery

               

Spelling

We follow the new National Curriculum for Spelling and the following focusses will be covered in each year. We use the following documents: Letters and Sounds, Spelling Bank, Success for Spelling, Developing Early writing alongside www.phonicsplay.co.uk and TES SPAG as our key resources to support the teaching and learning of Spelling across the school.

Grammar

We follow the new National Curriculum for Grammar and the following focuses will be covered in each year. We use the National Strategy Grammar for Writing and TES SPAG as our key resources to support the teaching and learning of Grammar across the school.

Handwriting

In line with the 2014 National Curriculum the children are taught to join their writing from Year 1 to Year 6. We have weekly handwriting practice and teach the children ‘continuous cursive’ handwriting. Please see the poster below for the correct joins and speak to your class teacher if you have any questions:

 

The Real World of English

Our aim at Millennium Primary school is to give the children as many real life experiences of English as possible to inspire them to think creatively and see the power of the written word. We are able to do this by exposing the children to published Authors within the school environment and outside.

Every year we provide lots of opportunities for the children to contact, listen to and discuss the creative process with Authors from the world of Children’s Literacy as part of our World Book Day celebrations and our work with the National Literacy Trust.

Author Workshops – in 2014 Key Stage 2 were fortunate enough to meet a rising author in Children’s Fiction, Cas Lester. The workshop ran for an hour and they were able to purchase signed copies of Harry Drew and the Bin Men from Outer Space.

http://www.caslester.com/

 ‘Hi there

Just wanted to say a huge 'Thank You' for inviting me to your fabulous school yesterday.    I had a terrific time and thought the children were brilliant, and a huge credit to you. They asked some really interesting questions - and got me thinking!

Can you please pass on my special thanks to: your Lit Co-ord, Ange for looking after me so well, and to 

Thomas (Year 6) for being my hugely able technician, and to the lovely girl who gave me a delicious strawberry from the school garden.  

And of course to all the children in KS2 for making my visit such a hoot. 

Finally, I mentioned that I will be writing the third Harvey Drew book with the help of lots of school children in an online co-writing venture.   If you would like to know more - and maybe sign up to take part, here's the link. 

http://www.thestoryadventure.com

 

All best

Cas

 

Children's Work

Every September we take part in a whole school writing and art project from Nursery to Year 6. The children’s writing and Art work created an impressive display of the talented children at Millennium in the school Foyer – please take a moment to look at all of the children and staff’s hard work as you enter the building.

The school is surrounded by all of the children’s fantastic hard work in English. Every classroom has a cross curriculum display showing the high quality English work and publishing skills of the children. We celebrate all of the children’s hard work, please take the time to stop and read their fantastic writing as you tour the school.