Our aims for English is to ensure that by the end of Key Stage 2, all pupils:
· Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
· Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
· Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
· Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
· Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
· Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
· Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentation, demonstrating to others and participating in debate
The English curriculum is underpinned by two core values – that all children should be competent readers and that all children should be able to articulate their ideas. We believe that in order for our children to become successful writers, they must first be able to speak well and read with fluency and confidence.
Reading is an essential part of our whole curriculum. Children read extensively in all other curricular areas – from following instructions in DT, to reading religious texts during Religious Education. We believe that children should read frequently and widely.
Children actively and enthusiastically engage with books, labels and information on displays throughout school.
Books and iPads are used daily for research within other subjects. Children are encouraged to read for pleasure with each class having dedicated library time and there being an embedded system for borrowing and returning books. We ensure that all our pupils are benchmarked so that our staff are
fully aware of the children’s levels. Home reading books are phonetically decodable to facilitate independent reading especially for those children who are not read with at home. Within the school, we value reading, children are read to daily to promote a love of storytelling and all staff share their experiences of reading with the children.
100 Books to Read
We strongly believe that all children should experience high quality books that enhance literacy skills and inspire them to read. We aim for children to develop a love of reading and this will help motivate them to write.
To help with this we are sharing a fabulous and highly recommended list of ‘100 Books to Read…’
Reading Spine takes place daily in every classroom where the children are read to. Each of the books help to develop the imagination of our children and equips them with language. We want our school to be a place where children are read to, enjoy, discuss and work with high quality books. We use the Pie Corbett Reading Spine so that children have access to high quality texts and develop a love for reading!
World Book Day
Our World Book Day had a focus on Dragons. We began our day having a whole school worship and the teachers ran in dressed up as dragons! It was very exciting. Each class then spent the day completing their own dragon related activities. One class created and painted their own dragon eggs and then wrote instructions on how to catch a dragon!