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English

The use of English in spoken and written form is the foundation of all learning. At Two Mile Hill Primary we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills and that through the English curriculum using cross-curricular links where appropriate we should help children develop the skills, knowledge and thinking skills that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively with the world at large.

 

The Teaching and Learning of English

The National Curriculum, Power of Reading principles and Talk for Writing form the basis of teaching and learning. All children receive the minimum entitlement of a daily literacy lesson, lasting approximately one hour. Every year children will complete units that will be centred on a novel or picture book that will provide the children with an opportunity to enjoy and respond to longer fiction.

 

Teachers work towards independent learning and plan for different working groups e.g. whole class/small group/paired/individual.

 

Teachers employ a range of generic teaching strategies.

 

These include:

  • instructing/directing
  • modelling/demonstrating/scribing
  • explaining
  • questioning
  • discussing
  • consolidating
  • evaluating
  • summarising

 

Teachers use the school’s English Curriculum Map. These are used as a basis for short term planning. The length of a unit may vary. 

 

Clear objectives are set for each session and are shared with pupils. Teachers differentiate according to the needs of the pupils and use intervention programmes for targeted support.

 

Literacy is encouraged and developed across the curriculum and links are made where appropriate.

 

ICT is used where it enhances, extends and complements literacy teaching and learning.

 

Additional adults are used to support the teaching of Literacy. They work under the guidance of the teacher with small groups of children or individuals.

 

Reading

Aims

To enable children to:

  • develop positive attitudes towards reading so that it is a pleasurable and meaningful activity;
  • use reading skills as an integral part of learning throughout the curriculum;
  • read and respond to a variety of texts whilst gaining increased level of fluency, accuracy, independence and understanding
  • develop different strategies for approaching reading and be able to orchestrate the full range of strategies

 

Entitlement

Pupils have access to a wide range of reading opportunities that include:

  • shared reading
  • guided reading
  • regular independent reading
  • home/school reading
  • hearing books read aloud on a regular basis
  • selecting own choice of texts including ICT texts
  • reading whole texts
  • reading in other subjects including ICT texts
  • reading in the community

 

The National Curriculum provides a detailed basis for implementing the statutory requirements for reading. Most of the Programmes of Study will be taught in Literacy lessons, particularly during shared and guided reading sessions. Additional time is provided on a regular basis for reading at other times. There is time set aside for independent reading, using the library, listening to whole class stories and research linked to other subjects.

 

Writing

Aims

Children should learn to:

  • write in different contexts and for different purposes and audiences;
  • form letters correctly, leading to a fluent joined and legible handwriting style, giving increasing regard to presentation;
  • be increasingly aware of the conventions of writing, including grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • plan draft and edit their writing to suit the purpose
  • use ICT as a literacy medium for presenting work and manipulating text

 

Entitlement

Pupils have access to a wide range of writing opportunities that include:

  • shared writing
  • guided writing
  • independent writing
  • writing different text types and narrative styles
  • writing in different curriculum areas
  • handwriting practice
  • collaborative writing
  • writing related to own experiences and enjoyment
  • writing from a variety of stimuli
  • planning, drafting, editing and presenting
  • using ICT

 

Speaking and Listening

Aims

Children need to be able to:

  • Communicate effectively, speaking with increasing confidence, clarity and fluency
  • Participate in discussions and debate in a variety of contexts
  • Listen to the views, opinions and ideas of others with increased interest
  • Articulate ideas and thoughts clearly with appropriate tone and vocabulary recognising audience
  • Respond to questions and opinions appropriately
  • Retell stories and poems which are known by heart
  • Ask questions with increasing relevance and insight

 

Entitlement

Pupils have access to a wide range of speaking and listening opportunities that include:

  • Talking about their own experiences, recounting events
  • Participating in discussion and debate
  • Talk for writing
  • Retelling stories and poems
  • Expressing opinions and justifying ideas
  • Listening to stories read aloud
  • Presenting ideas to different audiences
  • Taking part in school performances
  • Responding to different kinds of texts
  • Talking to visitors in school
  • Listening to ideas and opinions of adults and peers
  • Role-play and other drama activities across the curriculum.
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