Language, whether it be spoken, heard, written or read, is the basis of children’s learning. Therefore our children are encouraged to develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening in a variety of ways which reflect the changing world in which we live. Information and communication technology is used to enthuse children and enhance learning, this includes: the use of digital and video cameras, film and recording software, word processing packages, using still images and videos, reading text on screen as well as in books and using presentation software.
Children have daily English lessons. Within that time children will receive whole class and group teaching, developing their skills in order to work independently.
In writing this work will include a focus on core skills such as grammar, punctuation and spellings, as well as development of the quality of their writing content. Reading is developed initially through a phonics based approach. As confidence in reading improves specific comprehension work, group guided reading sessions and one to one reading support enables this progress to continue. Opportunities are used within other curriculum areas to develop children’s literacy skills.
Our reading scheme contains a wide selection of books and supports developing readers. Once a certain level of fluency is achieved children are encouraged to make their own choice of reading material.
Our school library is packed with wonderful books, both narrative and non-narrative. Our computerised system makes borrowing books easy and children are actively encouraged to use this facility. It is our aim to promote a life-long love of reading.