English

English has a high priority in the curriculum. Each class has a Literacy plan that develops the children’s skills through speaking, listening, reading, writing and spelling. 

READING: The school provides a wide variety of materials for teaching children to read, for developing fluency and promoting the enjoyment of books. These materials and methods include reading schemes and a wide variety of books - both fiction and non-fiction. We provide a good reading-aloud programme in every class and foster close partnerships with parents. Children are taught to use a variety of skills including phonics to support reading and writing. Children are expected to take their books home in their book bags every night. This is called the PACT scheme. (Parents And Children Together). The support and encouragement given by parents is invaluable to the child and cannot be compensated for in school. For parents of children in the Foundation Years, there is an opportunity to hear about the PACT scheme from the teacher during the Autumn Term. As children move up through the school they will continue to need encouragement to read at home. We have introduced Accelerated Reader - a computer based programme to improve comprehension and vocabulary skills for Key Stage 2. 

WRITING: The writing process involves encouraging children to express their thoughts and feelings clearly as this helps to develop their understanding of the world around them. This year the improvement of writing across the school is a key target in the School Development Plan. Children are taught to form their letters as soon as they know the sounds (Phonemes) and can recognise the letters. This gives children independence to write words by sounding out. As soon as they can do this they are taught to create and build sentences to express themselves and their ideas. They are taught to learn words that cannot be sounded out. Children are then set targets as they progress through the school to develop their writing through a range of genre. They learn the appropriate way to write in each form e.g. Recounts

SPELLING: Accurate spelling is developed by starting from the earliest efforts children make to write down the letters they think are needed for the words they want to write, and by gradually helping them become more accurate. Sometimes this will involve children in learning the spellings of particular words and this is something parents can help with. Children in Reception Class start to learn spellings from a series of graded word boxes. This continues through to Year 1 and children will start to bring these words home to learn. Children from Year 2 onwards will have spellings to learn for homework.

HANDWRITING: By the time children leave primary school they need to have learned to write neatly and fairly quickly using joined-up writing. The earliest stage of this process is to learn how to form the lower case letters correctly, starting each letter in the right place and making the right sequence of movements. Children are taught how to join their writing from the early years. They learn to form their letters starting on the line. This is also a skill that parents can help their children to learn. SPEAKING & LISTENING AND DRAMA: The School has identified a great need for our children to be able to express their thoughts and feelings clearly and to listen and appreciate those of others. Children are encouraged to discuss their work, clarify ideas, and share opinions at certain times during lessons SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN WITH ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE (EAL): Children are encouraged to use the knowledge of language that they already have to improve and develop their English so that one language supports the emergence of another.