Our School aims to provide an environment where children can learn to communicate efficiently, effectively and with enjoyment through spoken, printed and written English.
Children are taught to read independently using a variety of methods and schemes. They are introduced to a wide range of attractive and stimulating books in class book corners, and the school library, including classics, and modern literature from other cultures. Regular visits are made to our local library where possible. Please visit the reading page for more information. Please visit our phonics page to watch our children teaching you the graphemes they know.
Children are encouraged to write for many purposes and audiences. They regularly compose stories, poems and descriptive passages; write letters, invitations and reports. The conventions of spelling, punctuation and grammar are taught systematically through their written work and specialised schemes. Written work is revised and redrafted, paying attention to meaning and clarity. Well-presented work is expected using a cursive style of handwriting. Please visit the handwriting page for more information. Children have opportunities within school to discuss, debate and relate events in order to become confident speakers and listeners. Please visit the writing page for more information.
Comments from Ofsted Report (2017)
Teachers use a range of effective strategies to teach writing. Linking writing to the exciting curriculum encourages pupils to write increasingly extended pieces. These allow pupils to develop their ideas and to practise their technical understanding of writing.
Much has been done to improve the teaching of reading. Teachers promote an enjoyment of reading. The library is well stocked. ‘Read with me’ sessions encourage parents to read with their child in school. Pupils receive rewards for becoming ‘home reading heroes’ by reading frequently at home.