English plays an important part in all areas of the curriculum - the development of speaking and listening skills is critical to a child’s success in all academic work. Therefore, we lay great emphasis on these skills throughout the school.
All children in KS1 and KS2 have a daily literacy lesson in accordance with the National Curriculum. Great importance is attached to the acquisition of reading skills and for the ability to read for a purpose and for enjoyment. A wide range of books is used to teach reading and we use many different reading activities to develop the children’s enthusiasm for reading and deeper understanding of both the text and the underlying meaning and the ability to discuss authorship in a mature way.
To further enrich the opportunities for our children, the school organises book character days, visits from authors, writing workshops and writing competitions. The parents of children in every class are encouraged to see the teaching of reading to develop the partnership between home and school and to share in the active enjoyment of the stories, pictures and rhymes in the books that their children read. Children take reading books home daily. Parents are expected to read with or hear their child read daily and to comment in their reading journals.
From the earliest age children are encouraged to develop as independent writers, with great emphasis on content rather than merely correctness. With the use of engaging teaching strategies, including drama and talk for writing, gradually pupils are encouraged to move towards mastery of composition, grammar, punctuation, handwriting and spelling.
‘Teachers inspire the most able pupils to make adventurous reading choices. Inspectors found that these pupils could use a wide range of sophisticated skills to discuss and write about the books they read’ Ofsted June 2017'