Overview

  • The children follow the guidelines set out in the New National Curriculum for English which covers three main areas:

    • Spoken Language
    • Reading
    • Writing

    Spoken Language

    In school we encourage purposeful talk and attentive listening.  Our aim is to encourage children to express themselves confidently, politely and purposefully by increasing their vocabulary, ranging from describing their immediate world and feelings to developing a broader, deeper and richer vocabulary.  Teachers endeavour to provide constructive feedback on spoken language and listening, not only to improve pupils’ knowledge and skills but also to establish secure foundations for effective spoken language in their studies at primary school, helping them to achieve in secondary education and beyond. 

    Reading

    Our main aim is to encourage children to enjoy reading.  We use a wide variety of picture, story and reference books, specifically selected to engage our pupils.  At all times when reading, we encourage children to think about and discuss what they have read.  Once they have reached a good level of competence, this is used to help them with their learning in other areas of the curriculum.  

    English literature is a fundamental part of the National Curriculum.  Along with popular children’s novels, teachers use Love to Read Classics which is a series of teaching guides from Cornerstones designed to help children learn about classic and contemporary children’s literature.  They provide children with the tools they need to foster a love of reading, whatever their literary experience or knowledge.

    The Power of Reading Project is also being used as a vehicle to develop children’s understanding from Reception through to Year 6.  There are a number of teachers who have received the formal training but the philosophy has been disseminated throughout school.  More information about this project can be found by visiting: https://www.clpe.org.uk/powerofreading  

    Writing

    From the moment children begin making marks, we encourage them to see themselves as real writers, writing confidently and meaningfully in a wide range of situations, for different audiences.  As their skills develop, there is a growing emphasis placed on accurate use of grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS) as well as presentation.  Our teachers pride themselves on how well they create purposeful writing opportunities, linking to novels and a wide range of topics of interest.