English includes Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. Key skills in English are an integral part of the whole school curriculum.
Speaking and listening
Talking is fundamental to a child’s learning. Pupils are encouraged and given opportunities in which they talk clearly, confidently and with expression. They are also taught the skills of listening and responding appropriately to others. Speaking and listening skills are developed in all areas of the curriculum.
Reading and Phonics
The ability to read and enjoy reading is a wonderful gift. We believe that reading should be an enjoyable activity and our approach to reading is based on this.
In the Early Years and Key Stage 1 there is a great emphasis on developing the building blocks of reading: phonic knowledge. As soon as the children start their journey at All Saints’ in the Early Years Reception Year, the Letters and Sounds programme is followed using Phonics Bug (from Pearson Education) to support teaching. This programme focuses on high quality phonics using segmentation and blending. This is in place to improve children’s Communication, Language and Literacy Development and provides children with basic skills in reading and spelling. The programme is split into six phases; Phase 1 designed to develop speaking and listening skills, up to Phase 6 where children begin ‘reading to learn’ rather than learning to read. Phonics teaching continues in Year 1 and at the end of this year, the Phonics Screening Test (introduced by Department for Education in 2011) takes place to assess achievement in Phonics. In Year 2, phonics teaching continues as necessary and, where there is a need, children in Key Stage 2 may also take part in phonics teaching and learning.
At Key Stage 2 reading is extended and the skills of inference, deduction and evaluation are developed. Children need to be able to read with understanding, for pleasure and for information. In Key Stage 1 children are helped and guided towards suitable reading material using the Oxford Reading Tree and Bug Club to support reading development. As pupils become more independent readers, they are given responsibility for their own choice in reading. All classrooms have their own reading areas and the children in Key Stage 2 also visit the village library once a fortnight. We aim for children to develop a love of reading and encourage children to take books home or to access Bug Club at home and share their reading with their parents.
Children are helped to develop the skills to express their thoughts and ideas through the written word. Children are taught the basic skills of punctuation, spelling, grammar and correct letter formation, along with an understanding of language and organisational features of different genres of writing. Children experience a wide range of styles and forms of writing and are provided with a host of opportunities to write in context for a range of real audiences.