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English

English is divided into key areas which are of prime importance to learning.

Speaking and Listening

The pupils are given many opportunities throughout each day to practise their speaking and listening skills by engaging in discussion across the curriculum. Children can discuss their thoughts and ideas while also practicing sentence formation and extending specific subject vocabulary.

Reading                                                                            

Reading is one of the most important skills that will enable a child to learn and become a lifelong learner.  It provides an important means of obtaining information but most of all a source of pleasure.  From an early age, pupils take books home from a progressive reading scheme to share with adults. This nurtures an enjoyment of reading and also provides a valuable reading experience with parents.  As children become more proficient, they extend their reading matter to a wider choice of fiction and non-fiction books.

Guided reading is introduced in the Reception class and continues throughout all year groups.  In this adult led teaching group pupils learn the key reading strategies, they also learn the importance of contextual understanding and reading for comprehension through the means of directed questioning and discussion.

This nurtures an enjoyment of reading and also provides a valuable reading experience with parents. The school uses a number of published schemes for home/school reading which follow the standardised ‘book bands. These include: Oxford Reading Tree; Spirals; Jelly and Bean; Ginn. As children become more proficient, they extend their reading matter to a wider choice of fiction and non-fiction books.

Spelling and phonics

Phonics is one of the key tools for reading and writing.  A system of letter sounds and patterns is taught from the reception year and developed through each year group.  Together with high frequency ‘sight’ words, sounds are introduced in phases and progress rapidly throughout the early years, when at year 2 and the following years more sophisticated spelling patterns and rules are introduced.

Writing

Children need to write as a means of communication, and as a way of clarifying their own thoughts.  It also allows them to record their individual opinions and ideas.  Our pupils are introduced to a range of genres which enable them to write appropriately and imaginatively for any task they undertake. 

Pupils are taught correct letter formation in regular handwriting sessions.  This enables them to form legible handwriting and progress to a fluent cursive style.