English is a vital part of our curriculum; it provides the children with the most valuable skills for life, which enable them to communicate effectively. A variety of teaching approaches are used to develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing.
At St. Edmund’s we aim to develop a life-long passion for reading. When our children start in our Nursery they are exposed to listening and speaking opportunities which will form the foundations of learning to read and write. The more you talk with your child and encourage good listening and speaking skills, the more likely they are to flourish when asked to learn the sounds we use to read and write.
At school we follow the DfE programme of study called Letters and Sounds and we use the Jolly Phonics and pictures to 'get the children started' with the Phase 2 letters and sounds. This continues with the children through school, until they have these skills embedded with Phase 6 learning.
In Key Stage 2, those children who require further phonic support take part in small booster groups delivered by our trained teaching assistants using the Read, Write Inc. phonics programme.
Children access a 20 minute formal phonics session on a daily basis and have phonics integrated into all other English activites. To support reading, all of our early reading books use a phonics based approach. Phonic patterns are used for spelling lists and are further developed through handwriting practice.
All guided reading and free reading books are aimed at keeping a challenge that moves our children forward with their reading skills, but also insipres a love of literature and reading.
Our aim as a reading school is that all of our children want to read but most of all, enjoy and love reading!!
As their reading skills develop, children are exposed to a wide range of quality texts, both fiction and non-fiction, written by a variety of authors. We offer support and guidance to help the children choose books that are most appropriate and provide a suitable level of challenge.
Use of a wide range of resources provides the children with inspiration and personal experience, which they can draw upon for their own written work. Teaching handwriting is a priority. The children need to be able to write without thinking about ‘how’ to write, which then enables them to concentrate on ‘what’ to write. The basic features of writing include handwriting, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Each of these is taught discreetly.
At St. Edmund’s we aim to develop the children’s motivation for writing by entering local and national writing competitions. The importance we place on writing is reflected in the children’s books and the feedback they receive, in addition to the displays around the school.
We expect children to read on a daily basis each evening.