English is central to the curriculum at school as it is the gateway to all learning. Everyone needs to be able to communicate effectively and appropriately in a range of situations. Learners in school communicate daily through speaking and listening, reading and writing. We aim to introduce a range of literature to pupils to improve the quality of their own language and to help them reflect on and consider the world. Our English provision is supported by the use of the Power of Reading programme, a programme which ensures our curriculum is enriched by the use of quality children's texts from which a number of cross-curricular links can be made. More information about the programme can be found here: http://por.clpe.org.uk/
Speaking and Listening
From their earliest time in school children are taught to listen effectively and to develop their ability to talk in a range of situations; for example taking messages, carpet discussions, circle time, sharing opinions, class debates and speaking in assembly. Opportunities for role play and drama further develop qualities of empathy and oracy and impact positively on children's reading (comprehension) and writing skills.
From the Foundation Stage a strong emphasis is placed on the teaching and learning of phonics. This is supported by a variety of other strategies designed to support each child's development as a fluent, independent reader who chooses to read for interest, information and enjoyment. Each class has a collection of books in addition to the school library. Parents are encouraged to support their child's reading at home.
Towards the end of the Summer term all of our Year 1 children take part in the national Phonics screen.
Cursive handwriting skills are taught from Reception. Our teaching exploits the link between handwriting and spelling. Reading, speaking & listening and drama all support learners in a wide range of writing tasks often linked to other areas of the curriculum.
Reading and Writing is formally assessed at the end of Year 2 and end of Year 6 within the context of the end of key stage 'Standardised Assessment Tests' (SATs).