The teaching of English is based on the revised English programme of study, and children will be taught an English lesson most days of the school year.
This covers core teaching and learning in:
The aims of English in the national curriculum include ensuring that all children:
The English programme of study outlines the core expectations for each year group from Year 1, Year 2, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 as the average expectation for the majority of children in.
Children begin their reading in school through building up their phonics, the core building blocks of reading. We use 'Letters and Sounds' as the main programme to guide early reading development. The children then learn to read progressively through our colour coded reading scheme, using a wide variety of books from different schemes such as Oxford Reading Tree, Rapid Readers and others. Children do not race through these books but build their confidence and ability through repetition and consolidation of the many words they are adding to their core vocabulary.
We encourage parents to read regularly with their children at home, as this skill is at the heart of a child’s abilities in so much of the rest of their learning. We support this in school through a progressive range of colour coded reading books; children develop reading skills through Group Reading sessions in school and one-to-one reading with family members. Children should always have access to all sorts of reading materials both at home and at school. Listening to your child read, reading to them and sharing a love of reading with them are all very important.
We also encourage parents to help children with their writing development, from early mark making through early letter formation and the development of hand writing skills, and then with the practising of writing in different styles.
In English sessions in school, children are able to work at their own level and pace, and they progress well.
Personalised Targets as well as regular verbal and written feedback are used to help children understand the next steps in their learning and these are celebrated and rewarded in assemblies with Writer’s Awards and Certificates.
Latin is taught in lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) using the Minimus scheme of work, whilst French is taught as the agreed transition language between primary and secondary school in Years 5 and 6.
The national curriculum for languages aims to ensure that all pupils:
It should enable pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing, focused on familiar and routine matters, using their knowledge of phonology, grammatical structures and vocabulary.
The focus of study in modern languages will be on practical communication. In Latin lessons, the focus will be to provide a linguistic foundation for reading comprehension and an appreciation of classical civilisation. Pupils studying Latin may take part in simple oral exchanges, while discussion of what they read will be conducted in English.