Our English Curriculum
The teaching of English is fundamental to everything that we do at Todmorden CE School. Text based planning forms the bedrock of our teaching so that we can instill a love of words and language in all our children. Using the teaching sequences from ‘Power of Reading’, we use a range of quality texts to inspire our children to both read for pleasure and to develop their writing for a purpose.
Here is an example of our yearly overview (texts change yearly for different classes needs and interests):
Click for more information : English National Curriculum
Parent English Information Booklet
Please have a look below at our information booklet or pick one up at the end of the main corridor.
At Todmorden CE School, we understand that being able to read well is a key skill for all children. As well as teaching word-reading and comprehension, we support and encourage children to develop a life-long love of reading for pleasure. Children are taught to apply their skills to read for meaning in a wide range of genres and across the curriculum.
Dandelion phonics linked books and Oxford Reading Tree form the basis of our reading scheme in school, with the older children moving onto a range of quality, more challenging texts. Bug Club is another fantastic resource which is used in school but can also be accessed at home to support your child’s reading.
Children will bring their reading book home daily. Whilst children have many opportunities to read in school, individually, in groups and as a class, there are lots of ways that you can support your child’s reading at home. Any time you can spend sharing your child’s reading book will provide valuable support for their learning.
We would encourage you to hear your child read as often as possible. ‘Little and often’ is best. Reading does not always have to be from your child’s reading book – books from home, newspapers, menus, instructions, internet research or comics are all reading too. Use your child’s reading diary to make positive comments and communicate any concerns. Most importantly, enjoy reading together and give loads of encouragement.
Useful links and support for reading:
- CLICK HERE for our Reading Booklet
- CLICK ON THE BUG BELOW FOR BUG CLUB, YOUR CHILD'S PERSONALISED ONLINE READING
(You will find your child's login details in the front of their reading record.
Our school code is: h3sa)
- CLICK ON YOUR CHILD'S CLASS BELOW FOR FANTASTIC BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS
For phonics teaching, we follow a combination of Letters & Sounds and Ruth Miskin resources to help us teach children the key sounds for reading. We have our own teaching programme which works for our children. Click on the link below to see the order we teach phonics throughout Reception, Year One and Year Two. This will help you to understand:
- What skills your child will learn in each phonic phase
- The phonemes (sounds) that will be taught for each phase
- Some key words which go with each phoneme.
If you have any questions about phonics, please speak to your child’s teacher.
Click on these links below for more information:
Our handwriting scheme follows a cursive script. The key features are:-
- Each letter starts on the line
- The child keeps their pencil on the paper for the whole word, giving a fluent style
- Pupils should develop their ability to produce letters without thinking
- By making each letter in one movement, children’s hands develop a ‘physical memory’ of it, making it easier to produce the correct shape
- We have a consistent style from Nursery to Year Six.
Parents can access the Letterjoin website to support their children’s handwriting development by clicking on the link below.
Our Letterjoin log in is :
Password = morden
Handwriting information for parents