At Woolavington Village Primary School, we aim to ensure that English lessons develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and grammar and vocabulary. English is taught using the class novel/picture book as a starting point, linking up with other areas of the curriculum. We teach our pupils to speak clearly, to convey their ideas fluently and confidently and to ask questions. Vocabulary, spelling and handwriting are developed systematically.
A range of extra activities are used to promote English within the school including 100% Reader certificates, World Book Day, class trips, poetry slams, class debates, author visits and Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 productions.
Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely. We use Letters and Sounds for our phonics programme in EYFS and Key Stage 1, as well as for some older children who have gaps in their phonic knowledge. Phonic awareness helps the development of reading by segmenting and blending sounds. Letters and Sounds teaches children letter sounds that enable them to decode words to both read and spell. In Letters and Sound sessions, children will practice both reading and writing. Guided reading sessions develop the children’s comprehension skills and cover fiction and non-fiction books. We expect that our pupils will practice reading at home to develop fluency and comprehension.
We use a whole class reading approach for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils, which is enhanced by our adherence to the D/ERIC model for developing efficient reading for understanding skills. The children will be heard reading individually and in groups on a regular basis. Our whole class reading lessons are supported by pupil access to both Accelerated Reader and MyON, which is available to all Key Stage 2 pupils. Children’s reading is assessed four times each academic year, using the Star Reading Assessment, which is part of Accelerated Reader. We also use Salford to assess reading for all Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils at the beginning and end of each academic year.
We develop writing skills so that our pupils have the stamina and ability to write at the age expected standard. In lessons children will be taught the different elements of English in context (including GPS – grammar, punctuation and spelling) and using the class novel/picture book as a starting point.To support children in moving towards independent writing we provide a wide range of activities including use of the class novel, modelled, shared, and guided writing, self-assessment, peer editing and discussion. We use talk for writing to encourage pupils to express their ideas, exchange ideas and to develop more sophisticated vocabulary. We provide opportunities for writing for purpose and we encourage pupils to see themselves as authors. We promote the status of written work by providing opportunities for children’s writing to be displayed on boards, both within the classroom and around the school, to be read by a real audience.
Handwriting sessions are taught both discretely and are also incorporated into English lessons. We follow the No Nonsense Spelling scheme for the development of pupil spelling and vocabulary skills.