Our teaching in English aims for pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.
Literature plays a key role in allowing children to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. For that reason, all our teaching in English is based around real books or real life situations. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.
The scheme of work in English has been substantially revised to take into account the changes in the new National Curriculum. Whilst many of the narrative and poetry units remain the same, new units for non-fiction texts and ‘live units’ have been introduced. ‘Live units’ are based around developing children’s speaking and listening skills, debating and presentation skills.
With a stronger emphasis on developing basic skills, we have introduced regular 30 minute GRASP lessons that teach:
R Reading skills
From September, we are placing greater emphasis on developing and improving children’s handwriting. We shall be teaching our own cursive style and providing intervention programmes for children who need additional help with their handwriting.