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, spelling, punctuation, grammar, 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 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, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)
Children take part in a variety of games and activities to help them to learn to spell accurately, use correct punctuation and grammar. We use the No Nonsense Spelling scheme in school and follow the objectives in the national curriculum to ensure progression in SPaG:
Parent/carer workshops which provided information about how we teach SPaG in school took place in April 2018. Below are the slides we used which include a helpful guide to using Espresso at home to support SPaG.
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.