English at St Stephens Community Primary School
At St Stephens, we believe English is fundamental to success for all pupils. They need to be articulate communicators, have a love of reading and be able to write for a range of audiences and purposes.
St Stephens teaches the National Curriculum 2014
The aims of teaching English, as outlined in the programmes of study ensure that all pupils:
Children will be provided with opportunities to:
Talk for a range of purposes.
Regularly use partner talk to develop ideas
Use talk to clarify thinking and understanding
Communicate to different audiences
Listen and respond to different people
To use discussion to probe and remedy misconceptions
Observe and participate in dramatic activities
Opportunities to develop spoken language and listening skills will be developed through activities in English lessons such as book talk and storymaps. It will also be developed across the full curriculum e.g. through class discussions in SMSC.
Drama will be used to enhance spoken language, including opportunities for :
At St Stephens, we believe that reading feeds children’s imagination and opens up a treasure house of wonder and joy for curious young minds. We ensure that children are taught to read widely, fluently and confidently for pleasure using a range of authors old and new.
Children will be taught two key reading skills:
Word reading – the ability to decode words- will be taught through the use of the synthetic phonics scheme using Phonics bug.
Children will be benchmarked to assess which level of books they should be reading and to ensure that they progress appropriately. We use a colour coded reading scheme to ensure progression.
It is our aim to encourage children to learn to love reading and to read regularly outside of school. Schemes such as Bug Club and read for my school are used to encourage this reading for pleasure. Celebrations such as World Book Day are used to invite authors into school and promote the pleasure and knowledge that can be gained from books.
The school library is regularly updated so we can provide a range of high quality texts to encourage children to read widely.
At St Stephens, children will be taught to write, organise and present texts for a variety of readers and audiences.
Children will be taught two key writing skills:
Spelling continues to be taught throughout the school and forms a key part of homework activities.
Children will be taught to write imaginative texts using a ‘Talk for Writing’ approach. This involves immersing children in quality texts which they learn, retell and write.
These writing activities will be stimulating, relate to the children’s experiences and interests and be prepared for real audiences and purposes. Expectations are high and children will write texts using a range of sophisticated vocabulary, varied sentence structures and an increasing range of punctuation.
The spelling and grammar appendices of the new curriculum will be followed in each year group.