All children will have experiences of speaking, listening, reading, writing, spelling and handwriting through a dedicated English lesson. Further, they are encouraged to reinforce the skills they have learnt by using them in cross-curricular reading and writing.
We involve the children in choosing high-quality texts to stimulate discussion and provide meaningful links to the wider world whenever possible. We also use clips and short films to promote a sense of emotional literacy.
All children are encouraged to take home reading books and library books to improve their skills and to share books with adults at home. Our reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree supplemented by wider readers to enable the children to experience a wide genre of books.
Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 receive phonics teaching every day through Read Write Inc.
We celebrate achievement in writing by choosing a writer of the month from nursery to Y6. Their efforts are shared on our website and also framed in our gallery in school.
Whole school events such as Roald Dahl Day and Word Book Day are also celebrated, allowing the older children in KS2 to buddy with EYFS and KS1.