English is a vital means of communication. It develops children's ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, including the communication of their ideas, views and feelings. The core skills of English are developed through daily literacy lessons. The children use their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing across the curriculum.
We place great emphasis on reading, providing a wide variety of reading-related activities across the curriculum as a whole. Including reading individually to an adult and reading in groups. Reading is further promoted by special events such as "Book Week". Each class has a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The school also has two Non-fiction Libraries, one each for KS1 and KS2, with appropriate books for individual and group study.
Once a month we have a visit from the Children's Mobile Library Van where children are encouraged to go and choose books and experience the library facilities. Parents and carers are encouraged to support our teaching of reading by reading daily with their children and ensuring their reading bag is in school each day.
Writing is an important means of expressing ideas, storing and communicating information. We give children a wide range of writing experiences including poetry, letter writing, story, factual and imaginative composition. Reading and writing activities are often linked.
Children are expected to plan their work for effective communication of sense, purpose and atmosphere. We teach them that punctuation and spelling are indispensable aspects of writing which determine the accuracy of communication. We also teach the essential skills of self-checking and re-drafting. Over the past year we have been using the "Big Writing" Project to improve writing and are excited by the pupil's enthusiasm and development.