English

At Parklands we aim to make the children confident and creative communicators who develop a life long love of reading and writing.

We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our Literacy lessons in order to meet the needs of all our pupils. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding. One of the ways in which we do this is through a daily lesson in which children experience a wide range of reading and writing genres and learn how to respond to these, thinking about their purpose and the audience they are intended for.

In all classes children have a wide range of abilities. Staff have high expectations that all children can achieve their full potential. Wherever possible, Teaching Assistants work in class, supporting all ability groups, specific individuals or groups of children, ensuring that work is matched to the needs of the child.

English is a core subject in the National Curriculum and there are 4 strands:

– Spoken Language

– Reading

– Writing

– SPAG (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation)

Literacy is a core subject in the National Curriculum and we endeavour to make it as enjoyable as possible by teaching it through all our topics in a creative way. The children explore themes through drama and role play, applying the skills they have learnt in their literacy lessons to other areas of the curriculum e.g. diary writing as a Victorian, letter writing as a pirate, report writing in science and instructional writing in DT.

We have a school library where all children have an account and can borrow books to read and work from. It is important that the children enjoy their reading and we encourage them to read for pleasure as well as for information. Children read to their teacher and to each other, they also have a weekly half hour slot that is devoted to guided reading. This involves the children working as a group with their teacher to read, discuss and evaluate a range of texts.

Reading buddies is a scheme that was set up to improve the children’s fluency and understanding. KS2 children are paired with a KS1 child and they have half an hour a week to share a book, play word games and extend their technical vocabulary so that they can articulate their responses.

Handwriting

Phonics

English National Curriculum

Long Term English Curriculum Map 2016-17 ENGLISH

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