At Saint George’s Church of England Primary Phase we aim to give all of our pupils a high quality education in English, which will give them a foundation to speak, read and write fluently. We aim to develop children’s listening and speaking skills, so they are confident to communicate their ideas to others and so as others can communicate effectively with them. We encourage our pupils to read widely and often and inspire children to develop a love of books and a love of reading. As a school we encourage children to read both for pleasure and for information, so they can acquire new knowledge and build upon what they already know. We encourage children to develop a love of writing by choosing high quality texts and interesting topics to base their writing on. We believe in writing for a range of purposes and for children to be able to read back through their writing and begin to self-edit their work.
Our aim in the teaching of English is that all children will:
- Develop the necessary skills to use the English language confidently
- Be able to speak clearly and fluently and have an awareness of the listener
- Be able to read a range of text fluently and accurately
- Be able to write effectively for a range of purposes and audiences, using grammar, punctuation and spelling accurately.
- Be able to reflect and evaluate their own and other’s work and contributions
- Be able to plan and edit their own work
Role of the Subject Leader
It is the responsibility of the English subject leader to:
- Inspire and motivate colleagues to use high-quality, inspiring texts and deliver innovative lessons.
- Update the English policy when required
- Monitor and review English planning across the school
- Monitor and review standards of English teaching through; lesson observations, book scrutinies and samples of work
- Arrange and/or deliver CPD to staff
- Work to develop and improve key areas of English
- Audit English resources to ensure they are effective and fit for purpose
Phonics plays a vital role in the development of reading. At Saint George’s Church of England Primary Phase, we use a combination of engaging programmes, games and resources to teach children their phonic skills and knowledge. These include ‘Letters and Sounds’, ‘Read-Write-Inc’ and ‘Phonics Play’. Phonics is taught in a variety of ways in order to meet the different needs of all our children. Some phonics sessions may be whole class, some group based or some 1:1. Children will undertake a Phonics Screening Check towards the end of Year One. We will prepare children for this check and ensure parents are well informed of ways they can support their child with their phonics development at home.
Reading is very important for our children. It helps to improve their concentration as they focus on what they are reading. At Saint George’s Church of England Primary Phase we use ‘Power of Reading’ to support our children’s reading development. ‘Power of Reading’ gives our school access to high quality English resources and books which motivate and inspire our children. Within the EYFS and Year One, our children follow ‘Read-Write-Inc’ reading scheme books which enable children to read phonetically plausible books at their individual phonic level. Children feel a huge sense of achievement when they are able to ‘sound out’ and read a word.
We always ensure children have access to a wide range of reading materials within their class and corridor library areas. Each classroom has a clearly defined reading area which is both inviting and provides a range of suitable reading material. The books within these areas are both fiction and non-fiction texts. All of our children have access to our school library which is a lovely environment for them to spend time reading. As they approach the end of Year One, our children begin taking part in our Accelerated Reader Scheme.
All classes have a class book which they read regularly as part of class ‘story time’.
All children are encouraged to read at least three times per week at home. This is monitored within school.
Speaking and Listening
Speaking and Listening forms a key element across the teaching of English. Talk for Writing/Pie Corbett strategies are used frequently both within English and across other areas of the curriculum. Children are given the opportunities to talk their ideas through before they write, discussing vocabulary choices and their spoken delivery.
At Saint George’s Church of England Primary Phase we motivate children to write through providing them to with high quality texts which engage and inspire them. We do this through the ‘Power of Reading’. This means children have access to a range of high quality texts to read and in turn, these texts will motivate them to write with imagination and passion. Elements from ‘Talk for Writing’ are also incorporated into our writing sessions
Within school we teach children all the required spelling, punctuation and grammar skills and we encourage children to plan the language they will use in their writing. For our younger children in EYFS and KS1 we encourage the use of ‘talk tins’, where children can say their sentence into the tin and then listen to it whilst it is played back to them. They can make changes to their sentence and then when they are happy, transfer their writing to paper.
The teaching of handwriting skills will be done in conjunction with the programme ‘Letter-Join’. Children will be shown demonstrations of how to form and join their letters correctly. All children should develop a handwriting style that is fluent, fully joined and legible. Writing is to be completed in pencil in Key Stage One. Pen licenses will be given to those children in Key Stage Two who demonstrate consistently neat and well-formed handwriting.