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English

Philosophy

The English Curriculum unites the important skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening thus enabling children to make sense of our world. English is pivotal for all learning in every curriculum area and contributes to the emotional, aesthetic and intellectual development of each child.  The acquisition of good English skills enables children to play a full part in the school and wider community.

Click here to see the Primary Curriculum for English in KS1 and KS2

Aims

We aim for all children to become confident, reflective readers, writers and speakers with well-developed listening skills.

Why is the teaching of English so important to us? 

At Wincham Community Primary Schoool we believe that English is a fundamental life skill. Teaching English is more than just ‘equipping children with the skills to speak, read and write.’ We believe that English is your child’s key to communicating with others and expressing themselves in all areas of their lives.

How often do we teach English?

In the Foundation Stage, the teaching of Literacy is broken up into small segments and spread throughout the day. In addition to this, in the Foundation stage and KS1 children will receive daily phonics or spelling sessions, weekly guided reading sessions and regular handwriting practise. KS2 will receive regular phonics/ word level work, weekly spelling sessions, weekly guided reading sessions and regular handwriting practise.  Children have a daily English lesson in Key Stage 1 and 2.

What does my child do in their English lessons?

Reading

We do not follow a particular reading scheme but expose our children to a variety of texts at the age appropriate level. We have invested in 'Bug Club' which is an online reading facility - ensuring our children can read good quality texts online whilst answering comprehension questions about the text they are reading. We promote a love for reading by carefully selected a literacy spine, providing each year group with high quality texts.

Phonics and Reading Schemes

In KS1, our children follow the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme as well as resources from Phonics Bug, Phonics Play and Oxford Reading Tree. Whilst we do not rely solely on one reading scheme, extensive use is made of Oxford Reading Tree, Lighthouse, Story Chest and Bug Club reading material.

For details about how to access your child's Bug Club online reading, please see the information here.

Writing

Our English lessons are carefully planned to ensure our lessons are imaginative, progressive and meeting the needs of our pupils. We use a text – based curriculum to enthuse children in reading high quality texts and subsequently creating a range of engaging writing opportunities.

Using a text based approach allows the children to become immersed in their learning with a range of opportunities for reading and writing. This allows deeper learning, enjoyment and excellent writing outcomes.

All classes are given opportunities to write across the curriculum, ensuring they have a purpose for writing and develop skills to write both fiction and non - fiction texts.

 

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