In English teaching we aim to inspire children to be confident and excited readers and writers, who want to learn. This is done by a carefully planned curriculum, which has a range of starting points, and strategies and is linked to the meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum introduced in 2014.
Each week the children participate in whole-class reading lessons linked to their writing focus or topic. Children have access to a range of materials and wide variety of resources that encourage high quality literacy experiences and we are adding to these regularly to ensure they are exciting and support the children’s needs.
In reading we aspire to foster a love of reading and stories. We do this by giving children access to high quality texts from a range of different genres. We are continually updating our reading resources, and library books to reflect the needs of the children. Within classrooms, we are aiming to have a wide variety of age-appropriate books to use as a stimulus for writing and reading.
We have whole class reading lessons based on developing fluency and comprehension skills. Using the reading domains, the children are given opportunities to practise their inference, prediction, summarising, explanation, retrieval and summarising skills (VIPERS) and the children learn new vocabulary from the texts we use which we then look for in their spoken language and their writing.
In writing, there is an expectation that children use joined handwriting, taught through teacher modelling and early morning work. The skills of grammar and punctuation are embedded across the curriculum and children apply these in their writing in all subjects. In writing, we use a wide range starting points, including: drama, picture books, children’s fiction, visitors, visits, pictures and video. By providing a variety of inspiring sources, the children are engaged and keen to learn. The children write for a variety of audiences, as well as covering different genres of writing for nonfiction and fiction. All tasks are differentiated as are the success criteria for each lesson.
In spelling, we follow the National Curriculum guidelines for Statutory and Non-Statutory words. Where possible, links are made to learn spelling patterns in reading and writing in English lessons. We are looking at how we teach spelling for the future.
Parents are encouraged to play an important role in this by attending workshops, information sharing events, as well as book week activities. We also encourage the children to read at home regularly as part of their homework.