We are an inclusive school and we set high standards and expectations for all of our pupils regardless of their abilities. We use various strategies and grouping to enable our pupils to fulfil their potential in all curriculum areas including English. Children are encouraged to reach their full potential by using a well-planned curriculum and providing extensive intervention programmes such as THRASS.
The National Curriculum states that pupils should be taught to read fluently, understand extended prose and be encouraged to read for pleasure. Reading is singled out as of extreme importance since through it ‘pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually’. Reading allows pupils to ‘acquire knowledge’ and to ‘build on what they already know’ .
Reading at the early stages is supported through phonics teaching using the Letters and Sounds materials. To support progress in reading all pupils are expected to read at least four times a week.
The curriculum divides reading skills into two dimensions:
The National Curriculum states that pupils should be ‘taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently in Standard English’ . They should:
We recognise that both these elements are essential to success and we support the acquisition of both sets of skills through various methods. We recognise that these areas are clearly linked to the other aspects of English learning: speaking and listening, reading, grammar and vocabulary. We use the Talk for Writing method developed by the well-known author Pie Corbett. Links are made across the curriculum whenever possible.