Love to Learn, Together with the Lord
The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
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 to others and participating in debate.
Reading in school
We believe that reading is a valuable and rewarding experience and that laying a firm foundation in this crucial area will allow children to access all areas of the curriculum successfully. We believe that success in reading opens doors to a world of knowledge. As reading is a complex skill with many components, we have a comprehensive and consistent approach to the teaching of these skills throughout the school. We aim to promote a love of reading as well as ensuring our children become skilled and fluent readers.
Daily 1:1, guided, shared and independent reading activities take place throughout the school. Children will have much opportunity to apply their phonic knowledge, giving them the confidence to read with understanding, fluency and accuracy, thus achieving the capabilities of an independent reader.
Regular comprehension activities are also carried out.
To support the development of reading, all children in the Early Years Foundation stage and in Key Stage 1 follow a systematic synthetic phonics programme using ‘Letters and Sounds’. The teaching of phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skillfully through a fun and interactive programme. Children learn how to break words down into sounds and blend them together to make words so that they can read.
Children progress through the phonics phases during their time in Early Years and Key Stage 1, methodically building on prior learning until they reach the end of Phase 5. Children are taught to apply their phonics knowledge to help them with their reading and spelling.
Children are grouped according to the phonics phase they are working at and take part in a daily phonics session each morning which is tailored to their learning needs. During the sessions children will:
All children are given a home reading book at the appropriate level, which will be changed weekly.
In addition to this, your child has a log on and password to an online reading scheme called Bug Club. Bug Club supplements our phonics and reading scheme and allows children to access high-quality e-books at an appropriate level online at home. It also provides pupils with the opportunity to apply their reading skills through interactive comprehension questions. The children earn coins for correct answers, which they can ‘spend’ in the child-friend ‘Bug Club World’.