English at Latchingdon C of E Primary School

Reading and writing are the main areas of English teaching but within these areas are included opportunities for speaking and listening, and phonics, grammar and spelling.

Reading

We aim to:

  • Encourage a love of reading in all our pupils.
  • Develop children’s comprehension skills.
  • Teach pupils a range of strategies to confidently decode and read new or unfamiliar words.
  • Share with children a wide range of high-quality texts from authors with varied backgrounds and experiences.
  • Develop pupil’s perseverance and willingness to engage with more challenging texts.
  • Increase children’s understanding of language and vocabulary.
  • Support children in empathising with characters.
  • Help pupils recognise key features and structures of a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts.

How we will achieve our aims:

  • Twinkl phonics programme is used in KS1 to teach initial sounds and blending to lead into reading.
  • High quality teaching of reading, in KS1 using and applying the skills taught in phonics. In KS2 through three whole class guided reading sessions and two reading for pleasure sessions each week.
  • Class teachers sharing a love of read with the children through whole class texts in English lessons and also at the end of the day during story time.
  • Providing pupils with displays and resources, such as dictionaries, to support their reading.
  • Having a dedicated reading area in each classroom where children can comfortably enjoy their reading.
  • Giving children from different age groups the opportunity to read together.
  • Assessing the children regularly to ensure they are being adequately supported and challenged.
  • Provide children with interventions if they are making slower than expected progress.

We will know we’ve achieved our aims if:

  • Children are enthusiastic readers, talking enthusiastically about reading they have enjoyed.
  • Children are able to read independently using a range of strategies.
  • Children use their comprehension skills to understand and engage with more complex and mature texts.
  • A range of genres, texts and authors has been shared with all pupils.
  • Most children reach age-related expectations by the end of the academic year.
  • Children are prepared for the next stage of their learning.

Writing

We aim to:

  • Develop a love of writing within our pupils.
  • Encourage children to start writing in a range of activities as soon as they start school, initially through mark making and play based activities.
  • Provide children with the skills and knowledge to write accurately and effectively for a range of purposes.
  • Enable our pupils to apply spelling, punctuation and grammar knowledge independently.
  • Equip children with the phonetical and graphical knowledge to spell words with increasing accuracy.
  • Develop an environment in which pupils are resilient and feel confident to try various writing tasks.
  • Give children the opportunity to write a wide variety of genres and text types.
  • Expose pupils to a wide range of rich and engaging vocabulary, developing their love of the English language.

How we will achieve our aims:

  • High quality teaching.
  • Daily writing opportunities.
  • Well planned, clearly sequenced lessons following the programmes of study as set out in the National Curriculum.
  • Lessons which provide regular opportunities for developing spelling, punctuation and grammar skills.
  • Giving children the opportunity to write for a purpose such as writing to a favourite author.
  • Encouraging children to write for pleasure.
  • Providing pupils with displays and resources, such as dictionaries, to support their writing.
  • Encourage pupils to read, edit and improve their own writing with a purple pen.
  • Regular handwriting sessions to develop a joined and legible style of handwriting.
  • Celebrating our Star Writers each week during Celebration Worship and on our school newsletter.

We will know we’ve achieved our aims if:

  • Children enjoy writing and recognise its importance in their everyday lives.
  • Children can write independently for a range of purposes using appropriate vocabulary, structure and grammar.
  • Children write well presented and engaging texts which they are proud to share.
  • The majority of pupils have a secure understanding of grammatical terms and devices and are able to apply these accurately in their writing.
  • Most children reach age-related expectations by the end of the academic year.
  • Children are prepared for the next stage in their learning.

Speaking and Listening

Speaking and listening skills are developed as an integral part of our learning in all subjects. Through topic work we ensure that children’s vocabulary is developed. Use of talk partners enables children to practise talk and dialogue for learning. We use drama to explore different types of talk and ‘Talk for Writing’ activities to give children the opportunity to learn and retell a range of stories.

Children also have the opportunity to participate in topic related workshops with visitors to school.

6 of the Best

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6 of the Best – Year 1

6 of the Best – Year 2

6 of the Best – Year 3

6 of the Best – Year 4

6 of the Best – Year 5

6 of the Best – Year 6