Learning in English
Speaking, listening, group discussion and drama activities are integrated into our teaching across the curriculum and are seen as fundamental to learning and teaching.
We provide a wide variety of reasons and purposes for writing and in the Early Years provide many opportunities for child initiated and role-play writing.As soon as children are able to form most letters correctly and have a good pencil grip, we teach a fully cursive handwriting style. We also teach children the keyboard skills necessary for word processing.We encourage children to ‘have a go’ at writing as soon as possible and to use their phonic skills and knowledge to spell.Teachers regularly model writing in Shared Writing sessions and we provide regular opportunities for children’s writing to be shared, displayed, published and celebrated.
From Year 1 children are encouraged to learn spellings on a weekly basis. Spelling word lists are differentiated according to ability.
Every class has at least five hours of English a week. This may be spread across the day and the week as appropriate.