Our approach to the English curriculum at LMS is based on what we know about how our children learn best.
At Leyland Methodist Schools, we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme to help our children to master the skills of reading and spelling. The programme begins in EYFS and guides the children through the early stages of sound discrimination, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration and oral blending and segmenting. Once they are ready, children move onto letter recognition, learning and practising the skills needed to blend graphemes for reading and segment for spelling. As the programme progresses, there is also an emphasis on reading and spelling high frequency words, 'tricky' words and polysyllabic words.
We have a comprehensive reading scheme in school that runs alongside the teaching of phonics. The Big Cat Phonics books offer a chance for children to practice their decoding skills regularly throughout a series of fun, exciting and phonetically decodable titles.
At Leyland Methodist Schools, we provide an English programme that caters for the need of our EYFS, KS1 and KS2 learners. Our units not only meet the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum, but they have been specially adapted to provide an extra level of challenge over and above the expected level. An example of this can be found at KS1 when the children look at Discussion Texts linked to their Geography Unit on Hot and Cold Places. Within this unit of work, the skills of oral discussion are developed as the children consider which flavour of ice-cream is the best one and why. The features of a discussion text are explored and the oral skills are then applied to a written outcome at the end of the unit when the children question: Is it better to be a meerkat or a penguin?
At LMS, we also aim to offer access to new and untried texts and authors that children may not have come across before. Whilst some material used is well-known e.g. The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, we also visit the works of authors who may be lesser known to our children like Toby Forward and Sarah Roberts. Through carefully tailored guided reading sessions and whole class study, we aim to give children a broad and diverse reading diet.
Our English units cover a wide variety of genres, poetry styles and non-fiction to give our children access to a broad range of quality literature from significant writers, researchers and poets over time. Classic works are a feature throughout the seven years that the children spend at Leyland Methodist Schools and famous works from Hillaire Belloc, Shakespeare and Edward Lear sit alongside more contemporary works by Benjamin Zephaniah and Cornelia Funke.
Aspects of oral traditions also feature and in all year groups, children have a chance to get to know, learn and perform a poem for an audience. Humourous performances of Custard the Dragon and Albert and the Lion are balanced by more serious-themed works such as The Highwayman.
In addition to study in school, our children have the opportunity to experience high quality theatre throughout their KS2 years. Each year, the Junior School visits The Octagon Theatre in Bolton to enjoy high quality performances such as Treasure Island, The Wizard of Oz and The BFG. This fantastic opportunity allows our children to experience the joy of live theatre while seeing their favourite stories brought to life.
We recognise that we live in a diverse world and seek to use literature to reflect and explore the rich tapstry of experiences, events, people and places which surroud us. The units of work are chosen to reflect a broad range of literature including stories and poems from other cultures and countries.
Within God’s love for everyone, Our school family is committed to serve by:
- celebrating everyone’s unique God-given talents;
- giving the best of ourselves for all the world;
- doing all the good we can together.