English is a core subject in children's learning journeys from foundation to beyond primary and secondary education. At Wethersfield, English is planned to develop pupils skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively. Pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction texts.
We use ‘Talk for Writing’ as an approach to enable us to improve our writing as a whole school. This allows pupils to understand and be immersed in examples of writing, adapt it following the structure of the studied text and then move on to create their own independent pieces based on what they have learned.
We follow the Early Reading Programme for teaching phonics in Foundation and Key Stage 1 supported by Letters and Sounds.
We use a wide variety of reading schemes to cater for children of all ages and abilities, but our core reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree.
With parental support, we want our children to:
English is used in many curriculum areas and through our planned teaching, the children are exposed to a range of genres, authors and text types allowing them to become independent readers who can read for pleasure or as part of a task. The skills taught in English will allow children to be able to access other curriculum areas more confidently and provide them with a secure foundation for later life.
To do this we use a balanced range of teaching strategies and encourage active learning and participation. This may involve discussions, debates, drama, role play, hot seating, retelling or written work.
Across the school we have many things that support the children in developing their English skills such as the opportunity to take part in drama, speak in front of an audience in assemblies and 'publish' their own work in the school authors section of our library.
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