English at Almondsbury is taught through a variety of approaches. Children are exposed to good quality texts to engage them in their learning and encourage them to understand what makes a good writer. We often use subject knowledge gained from Topic or Science as a hook for writing and provide them with real-life contexts for their work. In addition to this, children enjoy the opportunities that we offer to perform and showcase their finished pieces.
Across the school the children take part in discrete phonics, spelling, grammar and reading sessions, as well as applying their skills in English and Topic lessons. This allows for differentiated delivery of key skills.
As stated in the National Curriculum, the overarching aim for English in primary schools is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. It aims to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.