Language Extension 1

For children 7 years old
Our Language Extension 1 programme focuses on developing oral language skills, vocabulary, grammar, comprehension and composition. Children are taught these skills through a wide variety of interesting themes.

By the end of our Language Extension 1 programme, we aim for the students to be able to:
  • use standard English to express their ideas verbally
  • listen and respond to stories, poems and other literary stimuli
  • read age-appropriate books confidently and with understanding
  • use phonic sounds and blends to assist with decoding and spelling
  • appreciate and retell stories in their own words and sequence their main events
  • write a short composition with guidance and input from the teacher
  • attempt basic factual writing
  • understand and apply basic punctuation conventions
  • use an age-appropriate vocabulary to express themselves clearly
  • attempt simple cloze passages using helping words
  • answer simple reading comprehension passages
  • have a basic understanding of tenses and simple grammar

Language Extension 2

For children 8 years old
Lorna Whiston's Language Extension 2 programme focuses on building upon the children's vocabulary, and developing proficient reading and writing skills. In addition, there is a strong oral language component to the programme.

By the end of our Language Extension 2 programme, we aim for the students to be able to:
  • speak clearly using standard English
  • work co-operatively in groups to plan, brainstorm and problem-solve
  • read age-appropriate books confidently and with understanding and be able to read for gist and for specific information
  • summarise a book in their own words, and comment on both the main events and the characters
  • understand and apply general punctuation conventions, including the use of direct speech
  • use a broad, age-appropriate vocabulary to express themselves clearly
  • complete cloze passages
  • complete reading comprehension passages
  • consolidate their basic understanding of tenses and simple grammar

Language Extension 3

For children 9 years old
Lorna Whiston's Language Extension 3 programme focuses on giving students a solid foundation in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, and ensuring that they are able to use a broad and expressive vocabulary in both speech and writing. This programme aims to develop children's language accuracy, by providing them with specific instruction in grammar and tense usage.

By the end of our Language Extension 3 programme, we aim for the students to be able to:
  • speak clearly using standard English
  • work co-operatively in groups to plan, brainstorm, problem-solve, give opinions and discuss ideas
  • read age-appropriate books with understanding and be able to skim and scan texts for gist and specific information
  • summarise a book in their own words and comment on the main events, characters and plot
  • plan, draft, write and edit their own compositions
  • write in different genres, including letters, poems, summaries, narratives and descriptions
  • understand and apply general punctuation conventions, including the use of direct speech
  • use a broad, age-appropriate vocabulary to express themselves clearly
  • complete cloze passages
  • succeed with reading comprehension passages based on different text types
  • have a good understanding of tenses and simple grammar

Language Extension 2

For children 8 years old
Lorna Whiston's Language Extension 2 programme focuses on building upon the children's vocabulary, and developing proficient reading and writing skills. In addition, there is a strong oral language component to the programme.

By the end of our Language Extension 2 programme, we aim for the students to be able to:
  • speak clearly using standard English
  • work co-operatively in groups to plan, brainstorm and problem-solve
  • read age-appropriate books confidently and with understanding and be able to read for gist and for specific information
  • summarise a book in their own words, and comment on both the main events and the characters
  • understand and apply general punctuation conventions, including the use of direct speech
  • use a broad, age-appropriate vocabulary to express themselves clearly
  • complete cloze passages
  • complete reading comprehension passages
  • consolidate their basic understanding of tenses and simple grammar

Fun with Phonics

For children 4 to 6 years old
Fun with Phonics is a unique new phonics programme designed by our curriculum team at Lorna Whiston to support children with reading, writing and spelling. It is a systematic, sequential programme that teaches students the individual letter sounds and the skills of blending and segmenting that are necessary for them to learn to read and write. The children are taught to listen carefully to the sounds of words, to identify the sounds they hear and to relate them to the words on a page. 

The programme is taught through a wide variety of fun, multi-sensory activities. Puppets, puzzles, stories, songs, rhymes, art and craft activities and phonic games all feature regularly, ensuring that phonics is taught in an effective and enjoyable way.

There are three distinct levels to the Fun with Phonics programme:
  1. Ready! - introduces children to the initial letter names, sounds and shapes. Having grasped these concepts, the children are then introduced to simple blending.
  2. Steady! - focuses on CVC blending (a word made up of a consonant, vowel and consonant), two letter consonants blends, consonant digraphs and rhyming words.
  3. Go! - reviews letter blends before moving on to more complex phonics such as word endings, vowel digraphs and three letter blends.
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