All children have a time tabled session of English every day.
READING AND WRITING
The greatest possible emphasis is placed on reading. The ability to read with understanding and enjoyment is of prime importance. Children learn to read through experiencing a wide range of books and through direct teaching of synthetic phonics.
The foundations of reading are started in the Nursery and the Reception class where we use an inclusive and carefully researched reading programme which focuses on the teaching of synthetic phonics (http://www.oup.com/oxed/primary/rwi/). Children learn to decode and read for meaning alongside practising letter formation and spelling.
Children are asked to take a book home on a regular basis and encouraged to join and use the local library. Children also use our school library, where research and reference skills are taught.
Children’s love and understanding of reading is also developed through our use of the CLPE Power of Reading scheme (http://www.clpe.co.uk/courses/powerofreading.html) at Key Stage 1 and 2. The principles of Power of Reading are simple in that we spend a significant amount of time exploring a single text so that children can really understand and enjoy it.
Children are also given a wide range of opportunities to express themselves in writing, such as creative pieces, letters and reports. Children in Key Stages 1 and 2 follow 2014 National Curriculum learning outcomes using “real” texts as a focus for their writing. They also develop their writing skills through power of reading activities and through cross curricular activities in the Creative Learning Journey units.
We follow the new Nelson Handwriting scheme and our aim is to have all children using cursive (“joined up”) writing by Year 3. Handwriting is practised daily. Children use lined paper and handwriting pens from Year 3.
We teach children to spell using a range of strategies. We pay attention to sounds, pattern and shape, as well as encouraging the child to develop observation and memory. Children have to be given the opportunity to explore and “have a go” with spelling. They must also become accurate, so that spelling is an automatic activity. Children may be asked to learn spellings within the same word family or pattern of words, or to learn specific words that are often misspelled in their work. Junior children will look at the origins of some English words.
We teach pupils to spell using various schemes, the 2014 National Curriculum spelling appendices, Read Write Inc Synthetic Phonics and pupils own words. We use the “look, Cover, Write, Check” support technique to perfect the spelling of words that the children are learning.
These skills are fundamental to educational success. We encourage all children to speak and to use their communication and listening skills in a purposeful way throughout the curriculum. Through discussion time, drama and presentation of their ideas to others, children are given opportunities to listen and to speak in a range of situations. Most computers in the school have voice recording capacity and children are able to record and listen to each others stories for example.
NATIONAL CURRICULUM 2014
Please click on the link below to view a presentation to Governors about changes in the English National Curriculum for 2014 and how we have adopted it.