Our approach to English
At Tiger, we have adopted ‘The Write Stuff’ by Jane Considine to bring clarity to the mechanics of writing. Through the combination of carefully selected non-fiction, fiction and poetry units, children are exposed to high quality texts and vocabulary from a range of genres and authors.
‘The Write Stuff’ is composed of a method called 'Sentence Stacking', which refers to the fact that sentences are stacked together and organised chronologically. With a clear success criteria each lesson, the children are exposed to a range of writing techniques, which can then immediately apply to their own writing.
By following this approach, there is a high focus on pupils improving and widening their oral and written vocabulary. During each English lesson at Tiger, we focus on 3 ‘learning chunks’ during our sentence stacking lessons. By using the Writing Rainbow, we have a specific lens and success criteria we can use to support our writing.
Throughout lessons and units of work, children are given exciting opportunities and experiences to capture their imagination and gather rich vocabulary. From this, children have a bank of vocabulary that supports them in their writing and allows for a clearly structured sentence.
A sentence stacking lesson at Tiger
Thinking Side (left) – ‘Chotting’ (Chatting and Jotting our ideas)
Writing Side (right) – Applying our lens to a carefully structured sentence
Our Approach to Spelling
EYFS and KS1 follow the Read, Write, Inc phonics scheme.
KS2 children follow the Jane Considine Spelling Book.
The Jane Considine Spelling Book is not a scheme, it’s a way of teaching spelling that allows teachers to bring the ‘wonder of words’ to life. It provides a clear structure and support to teachers whilst also allowing room for creativity,
Each class will learn spelling rules, strategies and word lists specific to their year group ensuring that all National Curriculum fundamentals are covered in detail. These rules and strategies will be further embedded by use of the Spelling Shed program.