English

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We place great emphasis on the development of children’s literacy skills as part of our broad and balanced curriculum and we aim to promote high standards of literacy by supporting the development of children’s communication skills through the spoken and written word. Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for English.

At the heart of our curriculum is our commitment to supporting children to develop a love of literature. We place great emphasis on the development of reading skills across the curriculum. Early reading and writing skills are taught through phonics with opportunity to apply these skills in other curriculum areas. All children are encouraged to read widely, including both fiction and non-fiction texts. This is to support development of comprehension skills of different text types and genres while also developing children’s knowledge of the world in which they live. We encourage children to become reflective readers, offering and explaining their opinions and to make independent choices in their reading. The teaching of reading is supported by reading schemes as well as books and other texts from a range of genres. We hold regular events, such as World Book Day, to continue to promote reading for pleasure. We aim to establish and foster an appreciation and love of reading.

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The teaching of writing gives children opportunity to write in a wide variety of forms to include fiction, non-fiction and poetry. We encourage children to write for a range of purposes and audiences. Children are taught how to plan, revise, edit and evaluate their writing. They are encouraged to apply grammatical knowledge and punctuation and to develop an increasingly wide vocabulary. A range of spelling rules and strategies are taught and we aim for children to develop their skills and confidence to apply these in their own writing. We encourage children to take pride in the presentation of their work and all children are taught cursive handwriting.

Children’s development of spoken language is also key across the whole curriculum. Skills are taught through a range of approaches including drama, group discussions and collaborative work. Children are also encouraged to become careful listeners and to understand the importance of effective communication.

Children are encouraged to apply their literacy skills across the curriculum and we believe that these skills are integral in supporting children’s understanding and ability to access a wide range of topic areas and to nurture a love of learning and an interest in the world around them.