Our English lessons develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary. We teach English in a cross-curricular way, linking up with other areas of the curriculum through a whole text approach.
Our pupils learn to speak clearly, convey their ideas fluently and confidently and to ask questions. Their vocabulary is developed systematically.
We use the Read Write Inc. programme to teach phonics. This awareness helps the development of reading by segmenting and blending sounds. Children read individually and in groups.
We help our children read for pleasure and to read widely. We use the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme for home reading, using Accelerated Reader to quiz on these books.
In guided reading, we use fiction and non-fiction books. Guided reading also develops our children’s comprehension skills. A range of ICT programmes are used to enhance learning.
We develop writing skills so that our Reception pupils have the stamina and ability to write simple statements and sentences. To support children in moving towards independent writing we provide a wide range of activities including use of film and imagery, modelled, shared and guided writing, peer editing and discussion. We provide opportunities for writing for purpose and we encourage pupils to see themselves as authors. We promote the status of written work by providing opportunities for children’s writing to be published and read by real audiences. Handwriting sessions are timetabled and all children from Reception to Year 6 are taught to write cursively.