In English we aim to develop your child’s skills in reading and writing through a broad and balanced curriculum, so that they can express themselves imaginatively and communicate effectively with others.
In doing this we seek to develop their understanding of how language works, particularly through the teaching of grammar, so that they can adapt what they say and write in different situations.
We work to provide a creative curriculum giving pupils opportunities across all subjects to use, practise and apply what they have learned in English, and therefore giving purpose and depth to their writing through ‘real life’ experiences.
Pupils are encouraged to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry, drama, non-fiction and multi-media with a focus on questioning and understanding these texts at greater depth through guided reading and comprehension activities.
At Foundation and KS1 pupils reading and spelling skills are developed through daily Phonics sessions which develops strategies to break down and build up words in order to read and spell accurately. The Floppy Phonics scheme supports our teaching. Spelling is taught discretely in KS2 using the ‘No Nonsense Spelling Programme’.
We use Oxford Reading Tree as our main core reading scheme though we also use a wide variety of books around the scheme to enhance the pupil's reading experience and widen their vocabulary. As children move on to 'free reading' we ensure they have access to high quality reading material which is regularly updated.
You are asked to work with us by hearing your child read regularly, helping with homework and giving them opportunities to read and write in their daily lives.