The teaching of English is based on the revised English programme of study, and children will be taught a ‘literacy’ lesson most days of the school year.
This covers core teaching and learning in:
· Spoken language
· Reading - including word reading (sight word and decoding skills) and comprehension
· Writing - including transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing)
The aims of English in the national curriculum include ensuring that all children:
read easily, fluently and with good understanding
develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating and explaining to others, justifying opinions made in everyday discussions as well as participating in debate.
The English programme of study outlines the core expectations for each year group from Year 1, Year 2, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 as the average expectation for the majority of children in.
Children begin their reading in school through building up their phonics, the core building blocks of reading. We use 'Letters and Sounds' as the main programme to guide early reading development. The children then learn to read progressively through our colour coded reading scheme, using a wide variety of books from different schemes such as Oxford Reading Tree and others. Children do not race through these books but build their confidence and ability through repetition and consolidation of the many words they are adding to their core vocabulary.
We encourage parents to read regularly with their children at home, as this skill is at the heart of a child’s abilities in so much of the rest of their learning. We support this in school through a progressive range of colour coded reading books; children develop reading skills through Group Reading sessions in school and one-to-one reading, supported by family members at home. Children should always have access to all sorts of reading materials both at home and at school. Listening to your child read, reading to them and sharing a love of reading with them are all very important. Comments in reading record books that are sent home act as a guide to ways in which parents can aid their child with reading strategies as well as comprehending texts.
We also encourage parents to help children with their writing development, from early mark making through early letter formation and the development of hand writing skills, and then with the practising of writing in different styles.
Frequent practise of designated spellings is encouraged in order for the children to hone their skills of applying rules, patterns and strategies to attach challenging written words.
In Literacy sessions in school, children are able to work at their own level and pace, and they progress well
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