From when the children enter our Nursery and Reception classes, great importance is placed on speaking and listening skills, how they use language with imagination and accuracy and develop their ever growing vocabulary. Competence in the four key areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening is encouraged throughout our curriculum in order to enable the children to communicate effectively in all social situations.
We teach English daily from years 1-6 as a discrete subject in each class following our own customised framework that follows the National Curriculum expectations and where possible links are also made within other subjects.
Reading is taught initially using Read, Write, Inc.; this is a very structured synthetic phonics programme. Read, Write, Inc. is introduced in the Nursery when the children are ready to access and also in Reception class. Phonic skills are then consolidated through Key Stage 1 and into Key stage 2 as the need arises. Some pupils also undertake specific intervention programmes if they experience difficulties with literacy skills such as: 1:1 RWI, Fresh start, Sounds write.
Writing skills are developed and inter-weaved throughout our curriculum with the children completing extended writing regularly through the English curriculum and other topic based lessons.
All children at our school are encouraged to read for pleasure and have access to a library where they can borrow books each week. Children are also rewarded for reading activities they complete at home by receiving a ‘golden ticket’ to take into assembly each week. World Book Day is celebrated each year at school. The school also arranges visits with local authors to enrich the curriculum.
We enjoy reading on our own, to teachers, each other and even the big Year 6 children: