The National Curriculum forms the framework for the English taught throughout the school. We aim to develop the child’s understanding and use of language through speaking, listening, writing and reading. The children at all ages are encouraged to talk about their work and ideas, clearly, fluently and expressively. The topic or group work in class develops communication skills through the exchange of ideas and shared vocabulary. We also aim to develop the children’s ability to listen patiently, attentively and thoughtfully in a variety of situations. Drama and presentations to groups, their class and the whole school are encouraged to develop confidence in oral skills.
We aim to teach reading by providing the children with a broad and balanced selection of good quality reading materials, which include a range of published reading schemes that incorporate both fiction and non-fiction texts. The books are organised by a graded colour banded system. The children take home books on a regular basis to share with parents and a home/school diary is kept to help provide a record of the child’s progress. The school also encourages children’s interest in books by hosting book fairs, and sending home magazines from carefully selected children’s book clubs. The school aims to develop higher reading skills through dictionary work and factual information books. We have a small library with books organised under the Dewey Index and children are encouraged to access books using this classification.
The children are taught to write from an early age through a variety of strategies. There is an importance placed upon early independent attempts and the child’s desire to communicate through the written form. Throughout the school the children are encouraged to write for a variety of purposes in different styles and formats e.g. poems, lists, letters, stories and factual accounts, for a range of audiences. The children are taught the basics of letter formation in Key Stage One and a cursive style of writing is introduced in Year 2. Children are taught spelling and comprehension and by the time they transfer to Secondary Education they should have formed strategies for developing first drafts into fully working pieces and have sufficient ‘secretarial’ skills to present their work confidently to others.
We teach phonics "Letters and Sounds" using Phonics Play, which provides the pupils, staff and parents with interactive phonics games, phonics planning, assessment ideas and many teaching and learning ideas and resources.
Videos, audio tape recorder, computer with word processing facilities and games are used from the Reception year onwards to enhance the children’s work.
We feel that the encouragement that parents can make to their children’s progress in reading, writing and oracy is vital and the staff are always willing to offer advice or information which will foster this.