English

“The value of English in the curriculum? What can I say? Without English, nothing. And without good English, nothing very well.“  Anne Fine, author.

English is the cornerstone of the whole curriculum and we aim to develop every child’s ability to communicate effectively in speech and writing and to listen with understanding. We encourage our pupils to be enthusiastic, fluent and responsive readers who can learn and gain pleasure from the written word.

The main reading schemes that we use are Phonics Bug, Oxford Reading Tree and Ginn 360. We teach reading using a variety of strategies, but in the early stages the phonic approach is the method of choice.  We also place emphasis on the importance of understanding and responding to reading and therefore comprehension skills are taught throughout the school.

Using the recently revised National Curriculum as a basis, we provide pupils with a wide variety of opportunities to develop their writing styles, both narrative and non-narrative. Many of the skills are taught using good quality texts and books as examples. Moreover, topic work is used as a stimulus for writing across all year groups in the school. 

We feel that the correct use of English grammar, spelling and punctuation, as well as a wide vocabulary, are very important – and we aim to equip our pupils with the tools needed.

We also give pupils many opportunities to use drama as a means of expression, and we take groups to the theatre to view professionally produced performances when appropriate.  Year 6 pupils deliver an annual production in a professional theatre to hundreds of parents.

We encourage parents to take an active role in their child’s development through listening to their reading, talking to them about home learning tasks and helping them to learn their spellings.

Curriculum Overview Statement for English

We follow the DfE English Curriculum and programmes of study.

See our English Posts on the Blog.

Phonics

 

We base the teaching of phonics on a 6 phase programme called 'Letters and Sounds'. It begins at Nursery, where children learn to discriminate between environmental sounds. The programme takes each child through the 44 sounds and corresponding letter patterns – as you can see on this video

  Letters and Sounds

  Phonics Workshop to Parents (slides)

How can I improve my writing?

 

In school, we use something called VCOP as an aid:

  Vocabulary

  Connectives

  Openers

  Punctuation

  Summary all 4 VCOP's

 Other useful resources:

  Grammar terms and meanings

  High Frequency Words   First 100 Words     Next 200 Words 

Other useful links:

  Read for My School

  Bug Club

  BBC Bitesize English

  Suffolk Libraries

  Literacy Zone

  Jolly Phonics

  Letters and Sounds

  Primary Homework Help

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