A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.
At St Anne's, we support the aim for English expressed within the National Curriculum: 'to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.'
English activities take place in every class each day, based on the new National Curriculum. Reading for enjoyment and information is approached with enthusiasm and the development of it is given high priority in school.
Writing is a key feature of the whole curriculum. The children are taught to write for a variety of audiences and enjoy writing imaginative stories, poetry, letters and reports.
This underpins the development of reading and writing and is vital for pupils' development across all aspects of the school curriculum. We provide children with a wide range of opportunities to hear and use good quality vocabulary, focusing also on variety. Children are encouraged to ask questions, discuss in pairs and groups and to use conventions for discussion as well as debate. Opportunities for drama are sought throughout the curriculum as it is recognised that the skills that are developed through this medium are unique. All children are given opportunities to present their work to an audience; school productions and performances provide opportunities.
Children engage with high quality picture books, novels, poetry and non-fiction through a wide range of teaching approaches. Children are immersed into the text through music, art, drama, discussion and role-play. Other approaches include responding to illustrations, ‘Book Talk’, story mapping and book making. Children take ownership of the text and engage with it deeply.
The programme of study at Key Stages 1 and 2 are:
comprehension (both listening and reading).
Our aim is to teach children to read fluently and accurately so that they have a full understanding of text, resulting in enjoyment of what they have read. We share this aim with parents, and to this end, use a variety of strategies. Our children’s reading experiences continue and develop throughout St Anne's, with them learning to read for a purpose – why are they reading? This of course reflects directly upon their writing skills, when the two are allied and the connections are made known to the children! Children are, therefore, encouraged to make choices about their reading matter, according to why they are reading. When reading for information, higher reading skills are taught so that they can skim/scan text for what they need.
Through the Reciprocal Reading approach, strategies such as clarifying key words, summarising on what children have read, predicting what might happen next and questioning/inviting opinion as to why, are vital to children progressing as readers and these skills are encouraged from our earliest readers.
The programme of study at Key Stages 1 and 2 are:
transcription (spelling and handwriting)
composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
Learning to write is a complex process that involves a variety of skills but is an extremely powerful medium. We encourage all our children to become “authors” in their own right.
Initially, a child needs to be able to form the letters needed and then be able to express one’s ideas using these letters. Through shared and guided writing opportunities, we equip children to develop the skills of writing clearly and legibly. When the child is confident with these basic skills, they will work towards being able to write with a greater sense of purpose and learn to organize their writing according to this purpose. Children are equipped with the necessary tools to do this, being given daily opportunities to focus on spelling and/or grammatical structures.
Our children work using a variety of real texts – the link between reading and writing is made very clear. We are keen to develop the links between the child’s creative work and the creative arts.
We strive for our children to form correct letter formations, joining and good handwriting habits so that they can write fluently and legibly by the end of KS2. Children are introduced to cursive style writing from early years. This is taught with a sequential and progressive approach with teachers and TAs modelling the handwriting style.
We believe that children’s self-esteem and pride in their work can be raised by good quality presentation.
Each aim is considered equally important:
To teach children to write with a flowing hand which is legible, swift and pleasant to look at.
To enable children to develop their own style of handwriting as they progress through Key Stage 2.
To support the development of correct spelling and to aid in the elimination of letter reversals by the learning of word patterns and the correct joining of letters.
To ensure that children of differing abilities are provided with appropriate and achievable goals.
To assist children in taking pride with the presentation of their work.
To teach correct letter formation.
To appreciate handwriting as an art form.
To display excellent examples of handwriting in every classroom and around the school.
Kids Spell (Create your own spelling lists & games) (KS1 & KS2)
Fun Brain (Maths, reading and spelling games) (KS1 & KS2)
Learning Games for Kids (Spelling and word games) (KS1 & KS2)
Eduplace.com (Levelled spelling and vocabulary games) (KS1 & KS2)
PrimaryGames.com (Spelling rules, incl. vowels, blends, plurals etc) (KS1 & KS2)
ICT Games.com (Look, cover, check game) (KS1 & KS2)
Manythings.org (Aimed at ESL students but includes useful spelling & vocabulary games) (KS2)
Spelling city (Vocabulary and spelling interactive activities, printable worksheets, games) (KS2)
KS2BBC Spellits (Spelling games) (KS2)