The Priory, Church of England Primary School

ENGLISH

Philosophy

At The Priory Church of England Primary School, the study of English develops children’s abilities to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, so using language to learn and communicate ideas, views and feelings. It enables children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction and media texts. Children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Children use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations.

Aims

  • To enable children to speak clearly and audibly in ways which take account of their listeners and to adapt their speech to a wide range of circumstances and demands.
  • To encourage children to listen with concentration in order to be able to identify the main points of what they have heard.
  • To foster a love of literature and language, developing their powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
  • To provide children with a means to express themselves clearly and confidently, both verbally and in writing.
  • To enable children to evaluate their own and others’ contributions through a range of drama activities.
  • To develop confident, independent readers through an appropriate focus on word, sentence and text-level knowledge.
  • To encourage children to become enthusiastic and reflective readers through contact with varied, challenging and lengthy texts.
  • To read and write different genres with confidence, fluency and understanding for a range of purposes on paper and on screen.
  • To increase the children’s ability to use planning, drafting and editing to improve their work.
  • To use keyboard skills and ICT tools confidently to compose and present work.
  • To develop a clear and fluent style of handwriting.

In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 books have been banded according to ‘The Institute of Education’ and include a range of books from: Oxford Reading Tree, Collins and Rigby Star.  Children are also encouraged to read books from the class book corners and from the school library.

As children become more independent readers, we offer a selection of Oxford Reading Tree books, (Stages 11-15), in both fiction and non-fiction.  Once children can read fluently and with a good understanding, they select their books for independent reading from our ‘Key Stage 2' book corridor, the library and from home.

For children who find reading challenging, we have ‘Rapid Reading’ and Barrington Stoke books to choose and support specific needs.

All year groups have access to a range of group texts which are used for daily guided reading, as well specific texts read by class teachers.

Phonics is taught using the Letters and Sounds programme, supported by the use of actions, stories and songs, and Jolly Phonics.  Once they reach Phase 5, children complete a daily 10-15 minute session from ‘Read Write Inc.’ which further build on their understanding of the spelling rules.  A ‘Read Write Inc’ intervention programme is also used to target specific needs in years 4 and 5.