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Aims

 

  • To develop the children’s ability to listen attentively and communicate effectively in speech and writing
  • To develop enthusiastic readers who gain pleasure and understanding from the written word
  • To ensure that every child enjoys exciting, stimulating English lessons and exceeds their full potential

 

To develop our pupils as speakers and listeners we:

 

  • Give them opportunities to express their ideas to a range of audiences
  • Given them opportunities to take part in group discussion and drama activities
  • Encourage them to listen and respond appropriately to others.
  • Help them to understand the need to adapt their speech for different situations
  • Give them opportunities to evaluate and reflect on their own speech
  • Encourage them to use the vocabulary and grammar of Standard English

 

To develop our children as readers we:

 

  • Place a high importance on the teaching of phonics as the foundation of learning to read.  In Reception and KS1 a discrete phonics lessons is taught daily following letters and sounds
  • Teach phonics to KS2 children who still require the support
  • Teach them to read accurately and fluently using a range of strategies both at school and at home
  • Help them to understand and respond to what they read using inference and deduction where appropriate
  • Encourage them to read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books,  including classic fiction
  • Encourage them to read independently and with enjoyment
  • Teach them to seek information and learn from what they read
  • Encourage them to use their reading skills as an integral part of their learning across the curriculum
  • Read regularly to children so as to model good practice in reading

 

To develop our children as writers we:

 

  • Teach them to write effectively for a range of purpose and readers, adapting their vocabulary
  • Encourage them to write with interest, commitment and enjoyment
  • Show them how to write in a variety of forms such as stories, poems, reports and letters through good quality teacher modelling
  • Teach discrete grammar sessions, modelling the correct use of terminology
  • Teach discrete spelling lessons concentrating on rules and patterns of words
  • Show them how to evaluate and improve their own writing
  • Teach children how to punctuate to make meaning clear to the reader
  • Give them the knowledge and strategies to become confident and accurate spellers
  • Teach them a fluent and legible style of handwriting, promoting an understanding of how to present work appropriately

 

Reading and Phonics

 

English is central to all learning, and indeed to life. Children need to develop the capacity to use the English language in all it's forms.

 

Our main school reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree, supplemented with Project X and other books to provide range and balance.

We use Letters and Sounds to teach phonics.

Use the link below for more information on letters and sounds.  

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