English is a fundamental life skill; it develops the children's ability to communicate effectively - to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes. Children are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction and media texts.
Children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Children use their knowledge, skills and understanding across a range of different situations and also apply this knowledge across the curriculum.
Stanton Bridge Primary School works to ensure that all children develop the ability to communicate effectively through speaking, listening, reading and writing.
At Stanton Bridge we teach English as a text based curriculum, this ensures that children are exposed to high quality texts throughout all year groups. Children use these texts as inspiration for their own writing.
Children receive daily lessons to develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
By the age of 11 we aim to ensure that all children:
- read fluently with a good understanding·
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and to gain 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 language 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 spoken language, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
English is taught in the following ways:
- Daily 1hr English lesson
- Reading comprehension sessions
- Daily phonics teaching through the Read Write Inc scheme in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.
- Read Write Inc interventions in lower Key Stage 2.
- A weekly handwriting session
- Big write sessions
- Opportunities to talk throughout the curriculum.
- Reading books sent home
- Weekly use of the school library