Reading and writing are skills for life and are essential for attainment in school and to fulfilling potential opportunities throughout life. The standard of teaching English at Britannia is better than ever – our lessons are rigorous, creative and innovative and as a result of the enthusiastic and supportive teaching staff, our children are motivated and engaged in their learning. These important life skills are the foundation for success in life.
Here you will find lots of information on the tools and systems we use in school. These will help you to support your child’s learning at home. If you would like any further information, please talk to your class teacher or Mrs Nuttall (English Subject Leader).
Our curriculum ensures that our children are accessing a broad range of high quality texts in school. We are proud of our children and their fantastic attitudes towards reading.
Please see the class overviews in the Files section which shows what your child will be covering in each half term. Please note that due to Covid, teachers are working on a bridging unit in the first autumn term and therefore units may differ to those in the overviews. Please see your child's termly newsletter to find out more.
If you want a little more inspiration, use the Book Trust’s book finder tool on the link below:
Additional online learning is available through Oxford Owls https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ To access, check the log in information on your child's class webpage.
Phonics: Phonics is taught using the Read Write Inc Phonics scheme. We have found this to be engaging and fun for the children in addition to ensuring children learn to read quickly. More information can be found on the Read Write Inc Youtube channel. Or you may wish to look on the Read Write Inc website for parents.
Clauses and Word Order: This file looks at the way clauses are constructed in English. It also investigates how to word order can be manipulated, the difference between statements, questions and commands, and the use of active and passive constructions: Clauses and Word Order
Grammar and Punctuation: Explicit knowledge of grammar is, however, very important, as it gives us more conscious control and choice in our language. Building this knowledge is best achieved through a focus on grammar within the teaching of reading, writing and speaking: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation
Grammar overview: Covering words and phrases, clauses and complex sentences, this module serves as a lively introduction to the online training on Grammatical Knowledge for teaching writing: Grammar Overview
Grammar Presentation from Parents’ Meeting: It provides basic information about
grammar and punctuation and Britannia’s approach to spelling: Grammar Presentation with Spelling
Punctuation: This file looks at a range of punctuation marks, including commas, colons and semi-colons, and explains how to use them accurately: Punctuation
Simple Compound and Complex Sentences: This file highlights the difference between compound and complex sentences. It also shows a variety of ways in which complex sentences can be constructed: Single Compound and Complex Sentences
Spelling Rules and Guidance: This information provides examples of words embodying each spelling pattern which is taught at Britannia: Spelling Rules and Guidance for English
Word classes: This file takes you on a tour of word classes (noun, pronoun, verb, adverb etc). It illustrates the jobs words can do in a sentence and suggests straightforward ways of defining each word class. It will give you a clear understanding of the eight word classes: Word Classes