English

English is taught on a daily basis in school. Often it encompasses many different subjects areas as well as being taught as a stand-alone subject. Please refer to the class topic letter (sent out at the beginning of each term from the class teacher) to see which areas of English are being covered. The topic letters will highlight the specific areas of English that are to be taught that term.

 

Please refer to the following link for information regarding English in the National Curriculum


English provides the main instrument of learning right across the curriculum. The National Curriculum divides English into 4 components: Spoken Language, Reading, Writing and SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar).

 

Spoken Language
Good spoken language and attentive listening are the foundation skills for learning. Children are given every opportunity to discuss and question aspects of their work, as well as being encouraged to express and explore their thoughts and feelings. For younger children imaginative play makes a valuable contribution as do all drama activities throughout school. Stories, TV, radio, poems and music are used widely to promote speaking and listening skills. Opportunities for discussion occur in all curriculum areas and our classroom organisation is such that children regularly work collaboratively. Assemblies and concerts provide further opportunities for developing clarity of speech and confidence, when addressing larger audiences.

  

Reading
Books are an essential part of language development. We aim to encourage children to become confident and successful readers, willing to read both for pleasure and information.

This is achieved through a structured approach using a variety of methods including guided reading. Parents play and active role in helping their child to read.

We have a system of phonics books which children work through to develop their phonic knowledge. Children build up their sight vocabulary through the introduction of decodable and tricky words. Children also use other strategies including phonics, contextual and pictorial clues. These are featured in the wide variety of books which we have available including fiction and non-fiction.

Children read regularly with the teacher and their individual progress is monitored closely and recorded in order to inform future teaching.

We use a variety of reading schemes to support children in reading and phonics. Click here to find a list of the reading schemes that we use.

 

Writing
Upon entering school children are encouraged to recognise the purposes for writing. All their efforts are valued and recognised as theyr record their own experiences.

Children are offered a wide range of writing opportunities throughout the primary age range such as stories, letters, lists, instructions, reports, recipes etc. As they develop, children are challenged to structure their writing and to extend their use of vocabulary.

Different styles of writing demand their own style of grammar and punctuation. These are taught systematically, in a way that is relevant and purposeful to each child's stage of development.

A standard of presentation appropriate to each child's level of development is expected. Children learn to hold a pencil and to form letters correctly. Handwriting is taught through agreed styles of letter formation both at infant and junior levels. Spelling patterns and rules are taught through individual phonics books as children progress through school.

Barugh Green pupils have a timetabled Literacy session every day. Within this session children are taught reading, writinggrammar and spelling skills following a national framework.

Children work on a variety of activities which cover text, sentence structureand the composition of words.

Children are encouraged to reflect on their own learning and make suggestions about their next steps.

 

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar 

All three of these components are taught during literacy sessions. Children are exposed to the correct terminology used for the grammar and punctuation as well as spelling rules and patterns. This is reinforced during daily teaching, reading sessions and homework. As the children progress through school they become confident with grammatical knowledge and understand how to apply it in their writing. 

The link to the National Curriculum highlights the terminology that is to be taught across KS1 and KS2.

To view our leaflets, please click below:

English Leaflet