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. We expect children to read every night at home.
Having trialled a variety of phonics programmes as a school we have found that a combination of three particular programmes was the most effective way to teach phonics. Therefore, we follow the Letters and Sounds structure, whilst introducing Jolly Phonics songs and action in Nursery, then incorporating Read Write Inc rhymes in Reception and throughout the school.
In Key Stage 2, those children who require further phonic support take part in small booster groups delivered by our trained teaching assistants.
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 challenging our children to move forward with their reading skills, but also inspire a love of literature and 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.
Our aim as a school is that all of our children want to read but most of all, enjoy and love reading!
As a school we are proud to say that we follow the CLPE Power of Reading scheme. This successful scheme helps to motivate and inspire both reluctant readers and writers through the context of engaging texts and literary techniques such as drama.
At St. Edmund’s we also 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.