English

English underpins the curriculum; the ability to read, write and to communicate well enables all other areas of the curriculum to become accessible. We aim to put English at the heart of our thematic curriculum by using English skills to research other subjects, and by using other subjects as the purpose for English work.

English lessons are comprised of a balance of reading and writing, as well as speaking and listening and are normally taught every day. In response to the new curriculum, a greater emphasis is put on teaching of grammar, punctuation and spelling. Pupils are encouraged to listen attentively, to speak clearly and to express themselves confidently through conversation, class discussion and drama.

In Reception and Key Stage One, pupils have a daily systematic synthetic phonics lesson using Letters and Sounds as the scheme, supported by a range of resources including 'Phonics Bug'. A variety of reading schemes, including Oxford Reading Tree, are used with the books being banded into colour bands which support the appropriate use of texts for learning.  Pupils are given opportunities to read from a wide range of material for enjoyment and to locate information.  All pupils are encouraged to read daily in and out of school. Phonics Bug and Accelerated Reader are on-line systems that encourage and support pupils to read at home.

Pupils are taught to write for a variety of purposes and audiences, producing both fiction and non-fiction genres.  They are given opportunities to explain, recount events and to express ideas, thoughts and feelings.  Every effort is made to ensure that pupils develop a legible, fluent style of handwriting and we use the scheme, Pen Pals, to support this.

English is also supported by the use of ICT.