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English

The teaching of English is essentially about improving the communication skills of our pupils. This is a fundamental life skill which underpins learning in all other curriculum areas.

Our English curriculum is made up of 3 elements:

  • reading
  • writing
  • speaking and listening
  • Reading

    Our aim is for every child to want and be able to read for pleasure. Teachers and parents work in partnership to teach and help the child to practice reading. We encourage parents of older children to continue sharing books together; reading to children of all ages has huge benefits.

    We teach children to read through our systematic phonics program. Having a wealth of books in school, children choose books from the reading scheme (OUP) and then go on to choose books from our purpose built library. We also encourage children to bring in books from home. Younger members of our school read with older children bringing our school community together. As their reading skills develop, children read together and discuss books in groups to aid their comprehension.

    If you need ideas for what to read, the document below has suggestions organised by year group. If you click on the book it will take you to the relevant amazon page.

    Suggested books by year group.

    The website Booktrust has themed lists of recommended books for children, with a brief description of each. (Click on the link below). 

    Booktrust

    Year 3 and Year 4 meeting author Damian Harvey

  • Writing

    We aspire for all our pupils to become young writers who enjoy writing in many different styles. Our classrooms offer stimulating and supportive learning environments. The writing of all our pupils is valued and feedback is given by teachers and other children to help improve a piece of work.

    Children are taught to write in a range of styles, including stories, poems, information, letters, newspaper reports and instructions. Many of the writing topics are linked to something the children have experienced or books they have read. Sometimes the writing is linked to other curriculum areas, such as history or science. We endeavour to provide real opportunities for the children so writing becomes meaningful.

  • Speaking and Listening

    To be understood and to understand is a key skill which underpins all aspects of learning. Speaking and listening is therefore an essential part of every lesson.

    Children get their ideas clear by talking about what they write, before putting pen to paper. When working with partners and in small group, children learn to listen and take turns in sharing ideas. We encourage the children to explain their thinking clearly and reflect on their learning.

Grammar Definitions we use in school