On entering school it is important that the children’s already considerable ability in handling language is used as a foundation for further learning. Our aim in the teaching of English is to enable all pupils to develop to the full their ability to use and understand English. Since language can be both spoken and written, this means the fullest possible development in speaking and listening, reading and writing.
Speaking and listening are key skills and are encouraged in a range of contexts, both within and outside the classroom.
Great emphasis is placed upon reading and there is a very broad range of materials available, which are constantly being reviewed and renewed so that children are presented with as varied and attractive a range of books as possible. It would be accurate to say that although no one method of teaching reading is used, there is an early emphasis on Phonics teaching in Early Years/Reception, Year one and Year two; we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme to teach these skills.
Children are encouraged to become involved with books by taking home and sharing them with family and friends. We have written a detailed booklet on how to help your child with reading, which is given to all new parents and new parents are invited to a session on how to help your child with reading, explaining the school’s approach to reading development.
As well as a wide choice of reading material, the school encourages the use of a range of media, both visual and audio, to forge the link between the printed and the spoken word. There is a comprehensive reference library in school and each class has its own range of fiction and non fiction books to suit the ability range and interest of the children. We have good contacts with the Schools Library Service, and we regularly celebrate World Book Day and hold a Book Fair in School.
When writing, the children are encouraged in a meaningful way
• to write imaginatively and from their own personal experience for a variety of different audiences and for a range of purposes. Use is made of word processing to help organise work. • to become confident in spelling and the use of vocabulary. • to develop good grammar and comprehension skills. • to achieve high standards of handwriting and presentation, with consistent letter formation.
Much of the thematic work includes English teaching and provides meaningful contexts for English, oral & written skills; classes also have daily dedicated timetabled English teaching.