The acquisition of the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are the key to success across the curriculum. In English we aim to develop the children’s ability to communicate effectively in speech and writing and to listen with understanding. We also aim to enable them to be enthusiastic, responsive and knowledgeable readers. In KS1 the teaching of phonics is crucial for children learning to read.
It is extremely important that parents read with and to their children ; talking and questioning about what has been read are more important than the need to progress rapidly through the school reading scheme. Reading and discussing books other than those from the reading scheme is also important. Enjoyment is key!
The children are taught the skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling within English lessons. Regular teaching of handwriting also forms a part of our curriculum. Many of these skills are taught during English lessons but practised and applied across the curriculum since much of teaching is cross-curricular eg the class topic gives the content for the children’s writing. We aim to foster a love and enjoyment of all forms of books and literature .