Stephanie Lang & Imogen Simmie

    English Coordinators

    English is one of the core subjects in primary education, and this is why we allocate most of our teaching week to English based subjects. Along with maths, the children are allocated time every morning to enjoy their writing lessons, as well as additional time set for reading, handwriting and phonics. At Floreat, we follow a thematic curriculum so wherever possible, we link our overriding topic to our English lessons so children can fully immerse in the topic we are learning. 


    Reading at Floreat

    Reading is an important part of children’s education. Research shows that children who can read are overwhelmingly more likely to succeed at school and achieve good qualifications. The programmes of study for reading at Key Stages 1 and 2 consist of two dimensions: word reading and comprehension. It is essential that teaching focuses on developing children’s competence in both dimensions. When teaching comprehension, we focus on asking simple questions, and increase the level of complexity as their word recognition improves. Children will take part in daily reading lessons through shared reading, guided reading or 1:1 reading. Children are exposed to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books to enable them explore new topics and learn the relevant reading skills. As each child is on a unique learning journey, they will read books that are suited to their current level and learn skills that are suited to their current needs. 


    Writing at Floreat

    At Floreat, we aim to ensure that children have ample opportunities to write creatively and for pleasure whilst building on the technical features of writing composition, grammar, spelling and handwriting. We deliver this through discrete instruction and dedicated lessons. We endeavour to provide diverse and quality experiences of texts to give children the appropriate tools to create their own quality writing. All pupils are supported in accessing the same texts as their peers, developing sophisticated vocabulary and internalising the rhythmic patterns of written language at a level that suits them. Through our thematic approach, we strive to provide children with writing opportunities not only in our English lessons, but also across other subjects. All this goes towards building well-rounded writers, who can write in an appropriate and engaging manner for a range of purposes and audiences.


    Handwriting at Floreat

    Pupils are taught to take pride in the presentation of their learning, and this starts with teaching them to write in a style that allows them to produce work that they are proud of. At Floreat, we follow the Letter Join scheme of work where children learn to form cursive writing from the moment they start learning letters. This will start in EYFS with the formation of single letters in a precursive style and during their time in year 1, they will learn to join two or more letters that make one sound. We aim for every child to write in a fully cursive script by the time they finish their Key Stage 1 education, and the children will further develop and neaten their writing as they enter Key Stage 2. Research has shown that cursive writing helps most children write fluently, and with an increased use of accurate spellings.