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6F Class Assembly on Wednesday 27th at 2.50pm and National Poetry Day on Thursday 28th September

English

English is a core subject in the National Curriculum and is taught daily at Thames Ditton Junior School.

 

Our school aims to nurture our pupils' enjoyment and creativity in English by providing opportunities to develop their imagination, knowledge and understanding, thus allowing our pupils to become confident and progressive in their use of the English language.

Children develop their reading and writing at Thames Ditton Junior School in five hourly English lessons per week, as well as three shorter additional sessions which cover spelling strategies and guided reading. 

 

Our English curriculum strives to be creative, varied and enjoyable through the exploration of different genres. Units of work normally last between two and three school weeks and cover a particular text type such as narrative, instructional or persuasive writing.  Each unit follows the same structure- firstly pupils read and analyse a variety of texts within the genre, before developing their own ideas through drama and discussion and finally drafting, editing and publishing a piece of writing at the end of the unit.

 

English lessons endeavour to engage all children through the careful selection of texts, by using DVD and video clips where appropriate, as well as building in opportunities to use ICT as a stimulus for writing.  This ensures learning English at Thames Ditton Junior School is both fun and challenging for our pupils.

 

In addition to English lessons, children have the opportunity to write extended pieces in other foundation subjects such as recounts in history, or diary entries in RE lessons.  This allows pupils to write for different purposes, still using all of the features of text types and the spelling, grammar and punctuation rules that they have been taught in their English lessons.

English Punctuation, Grammar and Spelling (EGPS)

 

Autumn Term - EGPS

Unit

 

Year 6

EGPS focus areas across unit:

Biography/Autobiography

Parts of speech

Active and Passive

Relative clauses

Journalistic Writing

Main and subordinate clauses

Apostrophe for possession and contraction

Conjunctions/connectives

Poetry

Phrases:

Noun phrases

Preposition phrases

Antonyms and synonyms

Homonyms and homophones

Ellipsis

Arguments

Types of conjunctions (subordinating and coordinating)

Adverbials

Modal and auxiliary verbs

Year 5

EGPS focus areas across unit:

Greek Myths

Paragraphs to organise ideas

 

Compound sentences

 

 

Instructions

Adverbials of time

 

Frontal adverbial and use of comma

Imperative verbs

 

Iron Man

Inverted commas

Plural/

possessives

 

Pronouns/nouns (appropriate use of relative and possessive)

 

Year 4

EGPS focus areas across unit:

Recounts and newspaper reports

Introduction to paragraphs as a way to group related material

speech

Inverted commas (speech marks) to punctuate direct

Expressing time and cause using conjunction (eg when, before after) Adverbs (eg then, next soon) or preposition (eg before, after, during)

 

Information texts

Use of paragraphs to organise ideas around a theme

Headings and sub-headings to aid presentation

 

 

Poetry

Appropriate choice of pronoun or noun across sentences

 

Apostrophes to mark singular and plural possession e.g. the girl’s name, the boys’ boots

 

Year 3

EGPS focus areas across unit:

Adventure Stories

Use of expanded noun phrases

 

 

Adding detail to sentences using coordinating and subordinating conjunctions

Use of inverted commas to punctuate direct speech

Poetry

 

 

 

 

Rich and varied vocabulary including similes

 

 

Varied sentence lengths for effect

 

Texts based on real life stories

 

 

 

Verb tenses

Suffixes and prefixes

Commas in lists

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