English & Literacy
There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book - Frank Serafini
Key Stage 1
In Year 1 and Year 2 we follow the National Curriculum for England and Wales. The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge and develops children’s spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary around which teachers develop exciting and stimulating lessons as part of the wider school curriculum. Parents are welcome to take part in workshops that coach parents on how to develop comprehension skills for reading with their child. Children in Key Stage 1 make rapid progress in phonics, reading and writing.
Speaking and listening – Children are taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using standard English. They learn to justify ideas with reasons; ask questions to check understanding; develop vocabulary; build on the ideas of others; and select the appropriate register for effective communication. This enables them to clarify their thinking as well as organise their ideas for writing.
Phonics – Daily phonics is taught so that every child can develop and practice the necessary foundations for reading and writing. Children are encouraged to make links with what they have learned in phonics to reading, writing and spelling in all subjects.
Reading – Children are taught to read fluently, understand both fiction and non-fiction and be encouraged to read for pleasure. In Years 1 and 2 we promote wider reading by providing a book corner, library facility and set ambitious expectations for reading at home.
Writing – Teachers give children the opportunity to practice and build stamina to write at length through fun and meaningful ways. Lessons are planned so that children learn accurate spelling, punctuation and correct use of grammar. Children learn different styles for writing that include stories, character descriptions, recounts, instructions and reports.
Achievement is outstanding in English – Ofsted June 2014
Key Stage 2
English is a central focus in Years 5 and 6. We read a range of genres every week, from non-fiction texts about animals or the Tudors, to the adventures of Harry Potter and the emotional style of Michael Morpurgo. We are learning every day to find key information in texts and to analyse why an author has chosen a certain word, or style to write in – as well as just enjoying reading and sharing a passion for books.
We also enjoy delving into the intricacies of the English language through our spelling, punctuation and grammar sessions and then using these elements to improve our writing. The writing in years 5 and 6 is beautiful to read; it is so imaginative, descriptive and technically brilliant. We write in a range of genres including: diaries, newspaper articles, instructions, information leaflets, speeches and of course, adventure stories. Many of our children have become published writers and have showcased their fabulous writing on the internet and in their very own books. We all have our own individual writing portfolios to show off our best pieces, please come and read some, we are certain that you will be astonished by the outstanding quality of our writing.
Teaching is consistently outstanding in English – Ofsted June 2014