Lead teacher - Miss Hayward
English is used across the whole curriculum, so learning is not restricted to the daily English lesson. All lessons contain opportunities for developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
In English, we follow the programme of study for the National Curriculum. In KS 1 spelling and handwriting is linked to the taught phases of phonics. The Phonics scheme we follow in KS 1 is Letters & Sounds, as published by the Department for Education. Children have daily phonics teaching for oral blending & segmenting, and also Grapho-phonemic skills.
1. Speaking and Listening
It is essential that children are good communicators and are taught to listen to their peers and adults. Pupils are given a variety of experiences and activities to develop their confidence and competence in speaking.
Listening skills are developed alongside speaking skills, enabling the children to comprehend, follow instructions, assimilate knowledge and listen for pleasure.
Pupils have the opportunity, throughout the school day, to work with Talking Partners and in small groups in order for ideas to be shared. We encourage pupils to:
- Use Standard English
- Speak clearly
- To wait for their turn to contribute
- Develop listening skills through oral comprehension
- Pose relevant questions and respond to what they hear
Drama lessons also reinforce the development of pupils’ confidence in speaking clearly to an audience.
Reading skills are considered a priority, thus enabling pupils to read fluently and with understanding, to read for information and to use with confidence a wide range of printed material. We have a range of attractive books and a variety of reading scheme books, which we add to and update regularly; the books are colour-coded into bands of similar difficulty. Reading is taught in 1-1 and small group situations, building phonological skills and learning sight vocabulary.
Children are encouraged to discuss, predict and reflect on what they have read. Children are expected to read daily and we ask parents to write comments in their child’s Reading Diary. The school library and class libraries have a large selection of both fiction and non-fiction books which the children may borrow on a regular basis.
At Sharnbrook Primary we use several different reading schemes whilst pupils are learning and developing their reading skills. For example, we use Oxford Reading Tree, Dandelion, Big Cat, Ginn and Project X along with free choice when reading for pleasure.
Reading across the school
Pupils have reading partners in different year groups and meet up weekly to read and share their books, as can be seen in the photographs below.
Our children are given many opportunities across the whole curriculum to write for different purposes. To support writing we teach children their letter sounds and blends following the “Letters and Sounds” approach that starts in Preschool and goes through to Year 2.
Children are taught spellings through the use of letter clusters, using the LOOK, COVER, WRITE, CHECK, technique i.e. LOOK carefully at the word, COVER the word, WRITE the word down, CHECK to see if you were correct. Spellings are sent home to reinforce learning. We encourage pupils not only to learn spellings but extend their vocabulary through the use of a dictionary and thesaurus.
We have formal Handwriting lessons as this plays a key part in the presentation of work. It is hoped that most children will join their handwriting by the end of Year 2.
World Book Day - Thursday 5th March 2020