The English Curriculum is well established throughout the school. Teachers continuously monitor, evaluate and, if necessary, adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of the children. English is the key to all curriculum areas. Great emphasis is not only placed on teaching the key skills of reading and writing but also on discussion and listening to others.
Reading is taught using a variety of methods. The teaching of ‘phonics’ is part of the approach. A wide variety of books are available in the classroom and in the school library. Reading schemes such as the Oxford Reading Tree are available to support the children in the early stages of reading. Children engage in shared and guided reading with the teacher, individual reading, paired reading and group reading. Teachers read to their classes on a regular basis.
Children often have difficulty adjusting to the quantity of writing demanded by the National Curriculum at Key Stage 2. As with reading, a wide range of methods are used. Teachers model writing for the children; teachers and children write together and, as with reading, the children work in pairs, in groups and individually. Children are encourged to discuss their writing and are taught the importance of redrafting. Writing frames are used to help the children structure their work.
Grammar and Punctuation
Grammar and punctuation skills are taught across the whole school as a foundation for effective and entertaining writing.