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.
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.
To enable children to:
Pupils have access to a wide range of reading opportunities that include:
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.
Children should learn to:
Pupils have access to a wide range of writing opportunities that include:
Speaking and Listening
Children need to be able to:
Pupils have access to a wide range of speaking and listening opportunities that include: