This is regarded as the ‘key’ curriculum area, since it directly influences development in many other subjects. It stands at the centre of the educational process and is needed both for living and for learning.
Our aim is to enable children to:
- Communicate and develop their thoughts and feelings clearly and confidently through talking and listening.
- Read fluently with understanding and enjoyment a wide range of rich and stimulating materials appropriate to their age and interests.
- Write effectively in different contexts and for a variety of purposes and audiences.
We follow the National Curriculum for English. This involves each class being taught the skills of reading and writing by the teacher, with some whole class teaching and some group work. In Key Stage One we have implemented the Read Write Inc scheme. This is a scheme for teaching phonics.
SPEAKING AND LISTENING
From the time the children first enter school, opportunities will be given for: co-operative play; discussion with adults and children; listening and responding to pictures, tapes, stories, TV and radio; poems and songs; role and drama activities; explaining and presenting ideas from many areas of the curriculum; discussing experiences in and out of school, telling stories and reciting poetry; taking part in school productions; and developing clear diction and audibility.
Reading is given very high priority in terms of organisation, time and resources.
The children experience a wide range of literature and parents are encouraged to participate and share in their child’s reading. This is particularly important, and the Literacy curriculum emphasises the value of parental help. Initially the Foundation Stage teachers build on the language and experiences the children bring to school and work through a variety of pre-reading activities.
The children then follow carefully organised reading schemes, based around book bands, establishing a sound basis to which a wide range of books can be safely added. A good selection of reading materials are available and the children are encouraged to take books home. Guided reading is an important part of the English curriculum and Read Write Inc.
Our reading books are drawn from a range of schemes and ‘real’ books. Phonic work supports our reading programme and reading strategies and skills are further developed as the child progresses. Phonics are taught through the Read Write Inc scheme.
Reading for pleasure is of utmost importance. While developing the skills and tools required to decode words is vital. We consider that enjoyment of reading is paramount.
A wide variety of stimuli are used to motivate and encourage interesting written work. Initially the child will work through the following stages in order to develop independent writing:
- Emergent writing
- Teacher writing for and with the child
- Collaborative writing
- Teacher helping the child to write
As the necessary skills are developed the child will become more fluent and confident and extend their ability to write for many different and varied purposes eg. imaginative and story; recording and reporting; letters, cards and invitations; notices, lists and messages; drafting, editing and revising; poetry and plays; newspapers; plans; signs; guides; etc.
The teaching of handwriting requires a structured and systematic approach. Our school handwriting scheme is based on a cursive script and as children are ready, their early handwriting style develops into clear and legible joined-up cursive writing.
A school policy on spelling includes work on basic rules, patterns and lists. Pupils are taught how to spell words which they frequently use in their writing and topic work, and spelling lists and/or investigations are given.
Back in April the aliens landed in our meadow. Take a look at some of the evidence and work produced from the children.
Year 6 became authors and shared their stories with Year 2.