English at Grove Road
Children learn English through speaking and listening, reading and writing and develop their language skills throughout the curriculum.
Speaking and Listening
Great emphasis is placed upon developing children’s spoken language, as this is crucial for learning to read, write and to be successful in all areas of learning.
Children learn how to communicate successfully with others and to express their ideas. They learn to speak in a variety of situations, for various purposes and for a range of audiences.
Our approach to reading at Grove Road Primary is to develop fluency, comprehension and a love of reading. By sharing books and stories from when they join us, children learn to become readers. We actively encourage children to read for pleasure and enjoyment in a variety of contexts. Teaching and learning in English focuses on enabling children to read with confidence and understanding through a variety of genres.
Approaches to reading
Competence in reading is the key to independent learning and therefore the teaching of reading is given a high priority by all staff.
The opportunities, organisation and provision for the teaching and learning of reading are as follows:
- Shared reading: Children in KS1 take part in regular shared reading
- Book Talk: All children take part in daily reading through Book Talk sessions. Book Talk is a coherent system for teaching teh multiple layers of what it means to be an effective reader. The idea of reading is explored through the FANTASTICS. The STYLISTICS - the understanding of what is reading and through the ANALYTICS - exploring the deeper meaning of the text through comprehension.
- Independent reading: Children have the opportunity to take home a book every night to read with their parents or carers. If a child needs to re-read this book they may keep it at home for longer. If your child is ready to select another text then they should bring it into school to be changed on that day. Children self-select their reading materials from the colour banded books which are appropriate to their age and stage of reading.
- Phonics: Our Reception Class, Year 1, 2, and 3 take part in daily synthetic phonics sessions for 15-20 minutes. The system teaches and supports children through the phases of phonics learning in whole class, small group and individual phonics interventions as required.
- Resources: Book banded reading resources are used across the school which comprises of a range of different schemes and books (variety of genres and sources). Children work their way through and then become free readers.
- Home-School Links: Each child has a reading record book which logs books that they have read and comments about their reading. Pupils, parents and teaching staff will make comments in this book. Children are encouraged to share or read a book with their parents at home every day and this is given a high priority.
- Library: Each child visits the library and has regular opportunities to borrow a book to read for pleasure and information. Children can also visit the Library independently at break times to change books or read quietly if they wish. The Library is supervised by staff or by the Junior Librarians in year 6.
- Class books: Books are read to the children most days throughout the school these may be stories, non-fiction or poetry. Each class from year 1 to Year 6 will study a particular book through English lessons which may last 1 or 2 weeks, allowing the children to have an in-depth understanding of the text and the author.
- During the year the school may organise book fairs when parents and children may purchase books from a selection.
- Bug Club: We use an online reading resource called Bug Club which children can access at school and at home. This should be done daily and is in addition to their home reading book.
- We celebrate events like "World Book Day" and have authors to visit and talk to the children.
We encourage children to write for a range of purposes and audiences.
They learn the rules of punctuation and grammar so that they can express their ideas, opinions and views with clarity and confidence. Regular attention is given to spelling, presentation of work and handwriting.
Approaches to writing
The opportunities, organisation and provision for the teaching and learning of writing are as follows:
- Daily English lessons.
- The "Write Stuff" - Children are taught the ideas for writing (FANTASTICS), the tools for writing (GRAMMARISTICS) and the techniques for writing (BOOMBASTICS).
- Learning through whole texts.
- Ideas Books used to collect good examples of sentences or vocabulary.
- Examination of key text examples and scaffolds used to support learning the criteria for specific writing genres.
- Varied resources used as exciting stimuli for writing including film and animation.
- Our curriculum is written with a key text in mind which offers a variety of opportunities to write through fun and engaging tropics or through science activities.
- Clear Success Criteria used to enable children to self-assess and improve their writing.
- English Working Wall, which follows their journey of learning and the skills needed to complete an independent piece of writing.