Co-ordinator – Mrs Barker
The study of English develops pupil’s abilities to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, using language to learn and to communicate ideas, views and feelings. It enables pupils to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction and media texts.
At Netherthong Primary we teach English using creative techniques including The Power of Reading, Talk for Writing and Read Write Inc in KS1. Teachers base their literacy often around a topic, a book or other stimulus such as a short film or object. They will also use cross-curricular approaches to explore writing through history or geography for example.
Our principal aims are: to develop pupils’ knowledge, skills, and understanding and love and appreciation of different genres and multi-cultural texts. Pupils have the opportunity to experience a wide range of texts and use a range of resources such as dictionaries, thesauruses, phonics and SPAG materials and activities to support their learning; to develop confident, independent readers across a wide range of text types; to encourage pupils to become enthusiastic and reflective readers. Grammar is taught both discretely and within the process of writing and editing. Staff will use the Rising Stars assessment documents to help track pupil’s progress throughout the year.
In handwriting, as in other skills, children will develop at different rates; for that reason, it is important that there is a consistent style of handwriting throughout the school, and that all staff consider themselves to be teachers of handwriting, with a clear understanding of the progression of skills, and of how to remedy errors. It is not sufficient to exhort children to improve their handwriting; the different elements need to be taught and practised. Early intervention is essential at every stage, to prevent the acquisition of bad habits which are difficult to correct.
The school handwriting style is based the Charles Cripps handwriting scheme and children have regular opportunities to develop and practise their handwriting. They are encouraged to join their handwriting from the summer term in Year 1 when good letter formation has been established.
Reading is taught through the Read, Write Inc phonic scheme in Reception and Year 1. The Oxford Reading scheme is adhered to and your child will bring home a book from the scheme and work through the levels until they become a ‘red free reader’. In KS1 they have a reading record which parents will write in at least once a week. The teacher and other adults in school will check this and also respond once a week to ensure good progress.
In KS2, children have a detailed planner with a reading record section – this again should be written in once a week by an adult at home. The teacher will read with each children during an Everybody Reading In Class reading session (ERIC) or in a group guided reading session and write in their record once every two weeks. The love of reading is encouraged throughout school through competitions and prizes as well as promotion of the local library services.