English is taught daily as a discrete subject, but also features heavily in many other curriculum areas. English consists of Speaking and Listening, Handwriting, Phonics and Spelling, Reading and Writing.
SPEAKING AND LISTENING
Speaking and Listening is promoted in all curriculum areas. Activities include discussion, presentations, sharing stories and poetry, role play, debate and drama.
Writing is an essential skill, which features in many curriculum areas. The emphasis is always on providing a real purpose and audience for the children. Writing includes developing sentence structure, building vocabulary, text organisation and writing different genres. Children are encouraged to write independently from their earliest days in school and continue to build upon this foundation through the school.
From the time they begin school, children are taught basic letter formation. They learn a cursive handwriting style, which is taught and practised frequently.
PHONICS AND SPELLING
Phonics is an essential element in teaching children to read and write. Differentiated phonic sessions enable children to practise and develop these skills. This is done predominantly through practical activities and games.
Spelling is taught through focused lessons, whilst also being developed/highlighted in other English and wider curriculum lessons/tasks. This enables children to become confident and competent in spelling, which supports increased fluency in their writing.
It is our aim that children should become ‘readers for life’. Children are encouraged to read a wide range of materials including their reading programme books. A good background of literature is provided in the school, which is constantly being improved and updated.
Parents are encouraged to read with and to their children. The children are taught to read by being helped to know a basic sight vocabulary. They are encouraged to look for clues in the text and to use illustrations to aid their understanding. They are taught phonic skills to help them decode words and are encouraged to develop expression, fluency and comprehension as their reading skills progress.