Subject Leader - Mrs. Zoe Marsden
Children will develop skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate creatively and effectively in the world at large through spoken and written language and with confidence. Children will enjoy and appreciate language and its rich variety. Children will read for enjoyment.
The teaching of English includes specific elements of reading, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation, phonics, handwriting, speaking and listening.
We follow the Nelson scheme for handwriting which is developmental and progressive from Reception through to Year 6. As children become proficient with joined handwriting they may be issued with a 'pen licence' to enable them to write in pen rather than pencil.
Speaking and Listening
Through a range of activities children will be encouraged and taught to communicate effectively. They will understand the need to adapt their style and vocabulary for different audiences and to be an active listener. Speaking and Listening activities will be developed throughout all curriculum areas.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
This is an important element of reading and writing. Spelling, punctuation and grammar activities begin from the Early Years - from the understanding of oral sentences to the technical accuracy of writing and understanding different elements of English.
Phonics is a method of teaching children to read, spell and write in English by using the spoken sounds that letters or groups of letters make. It is used in school as the primary method for teaching children to read and is hugely important in developing early English skills. Please see the separate page dedicated to phonics for full information.
English Policy and Progression Documents
Please click on the links below to access our English policy and school progression documents that support the planning and development of teaching and learning in English.