Speaking, reading and writing English effectively is vital to all areas of school life and beyond. The understanding and development of English skills enables children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and communicate successfully with others.
When teaching English we aim:
- To provide a language rich environment that promotes a culture of storytelling, reading and writing;
- To develop in pupils an interest in and a love of books and literature that will not only support their learning across the curriculum but also enrich their lives;
- To value and use books as a basis for learning, pleasure, talk and play;
- To teach the craft of writing in order to develop children’s confidence and skills to write well for a range of purposes and audience;
- To teach the basics – grammar, phonics, spelling, handwriting and punctuation - to liberate creativity;
- To foster in pupils the confidence, desire and ability to express their views and opinions both orally and in writing;
- To value and celebrate diversity in culture and language.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, teacher directed Literacy based activities take place for an hour each day. They are predominantly topic based and reinforced with a balance of child initiated activities.
From Years 1-6, the class teacher plans units of work using the National Curriculum Programmes of Study and a whole school long term plan is in place to ensure even coverage of genres. In each unit, teachers use Talk for Writing to move through the sequence for teaching writing and also make links with topics where relevant. Plans are evaluated and adjusted as appropriate on a daily basis to meet the needs of all children.
Over the year, each year group will cover a balance of Narrative, Non-Fiction and Poetry text types. Pupils will also be given regular opportunities to apply previously studied writing genres across the curriculum.
Each unit will cover outcomes for Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. Curricular targets and sentence level work will be included in context based activities.
In each year group, English is taught by the class teacher. Lessons are structured consistently across the school, ensuring shared and independent learning along with a group guided session. The independent learning sessions are differentiated to meet the needs of the children.
English is taught daily for approximately 1 hour and through other curriculum areas.