Here in Pre-Prep we centre our English lessons around our wider curriculum topics, which differ from year group to year group.
Through these exciting topics, the children will learn about a range of genres of writing, including fiction, poetry and non-fiction, where the children will get the opportunity to explore a variety of good quality literature by reading books, listening to them and even acting them out. They will learn about different sentence punctuation, descriptive language, rhyme and features of different types of text, as well as many other things. Every week, Years 1 and 2 also have a grammar lesson, in which the children will learn about a specific grammar area, such as nouns, adjectives or plurals. They will then have opportunities to use them in their own work.
At Ashford Prep School, we use the Read, Write, Inc. phonics scheme. In small groups, children learn with others at a similar level. Children and teachers alike appreciate the interactive lessons and we have seen the results of our phonics screening tests soar as a direct result of the implementation of this scheme. We have a vast range of reading books to encourage our children to read at home, sorted into stages to ensure they progress through the reading scheme. There is a range of genres within the reading scheme including: fiction stories, information texts, play scripts and poetry. As the children progress to the end of the reading levels, they can advance on to the accelerated reading scheme, which offers comprehension questions for a wide range of literature of all genres.