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English

We follow the National Curriculum for English at KS1 and KS2 and children will be taught an English lesson most days of the school year. English is often broken down into two key areas, reading and writing. Phonics teaching supports both of these ares. The programme we currently use to deliver exciting and engaging reading and writing is 'Power of Reading' with the central concept of the teacher reading a high quality children's story which guides and directs all the learning throughout the unit.

This covers core teaching and learning in:

  • Spoken language
  • Reading - including word reading (sight word and decoding skills) and comprehension
  • Writing - including transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing)

The aims of English in the national curriculum include ensuring that all children:

  •  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.

 

How Do We Teach Reading?

Acquiring reading skills in Early Years and throughout KS1 is very important. Part of our school vision is that Worstead children will "learn to read, then read to learn". We follow the government's long-standing 'Letters & Sounds' phonics scheme supported by early reading scheme titles from Oxford University Press, a system which is regularly reviewed. The words encountered in these books are closely linked to the sounds that children are being taught in class, to maximise learning. 

 

By Years 2 or 3, pupils are often selecting books from our broader libraries, both in their classroom and from our Pop Up Library in the hall, staffed by trained volunteer librarians. Many of the titles are part of the 'Accelerated Reader' system, meaning your child can quiz on them and win prizes for scoring 100% on their understanding of the text. As well as staff listening to readers regularly, particularly those who are struggling, a dedicated band of adult volunteers come in to school to help, who have had reading training and are authorised to work in schools with children.

Modern Foreign Languages

 

MFL is part of the Communication area at Worstead. Please click the link above for more details.

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