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All children are taught English daily which includes opportunities for reading, writing, speaking and listening, phonics and spelling. Grammar and punctuation is also taught across all of these strands. The children are taught phonics and spelling using the recommended synthetic phonics approach through the Letters and Sounds guidelines. They are taught to read using complementary books which support a wide range of reading strategies, including books from published reading schemes, such as Oxford Reading Tree, alongside other materials.  Books are banded into colours to enable children to read the correct book for their level. Creative opportunities to write and develop language are also incorporated into all areas of the curriculum. Daily lessons provide lots of opportunities to write for a purpose and an audience in mind, so that tasks are meaningful and exciting. Children enjoy opportunities to be involved in drama activities within class and in school productions. The enjoyment of this subject is further promoted by annual visits to the theatre, World Book Day, author visits to the school, book fairs and storytellers.
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