A child’s ability to communicate is vital to all aspects of their learning, so English learning spans across all areas of the curriculum.
• For pupils to be able to read, write, spell and speak at age appropriate levels and following age-related expectations.
|• All pupils to receive a daily English lesson.
• To create a positive reading and writing culture in school, where both are promoted, enjoyed and considered ‘a pleasure’ for all pupils.
• For pupils in EYFS and KS1 to have daily phonics sessions using RWI until the programme is completed and thereafter to revisit as necessary.
• For Years 1 and 2, to follow the spellings in Appendix A of the National Curriculum as well as CEW words.
• Spellings published on the class blogs for Years 1 and 2 for practice at home. A new word to be taught each day in school following a spelling rule/pattern and referred to when reading and writing in class.
• In Years 1 and 2, Guided Reading and/or part class comprehension sessions to take place daily in all classes.
• Pupils to have Reading diaries.
• For all pupils to take reading books home frequently and to read regularly at home.
• For pupils to be encouraged to read for pleasure – reading and writing raffles, book clubs, book corners, visit to our local library, Enchanted Forest library in school, author visits, reading etc.
• Pupils to discuss ideas with each other prior to writing.
• Working Walls – all classes to have a display that include knowledge organisers, vocabulary and key learning to aid pupils and guide them through the process of Everybody reads, discussions, planning and writing.
• Vocabulary – displays in class, all curriculum areas, to have vocabulary displayed. Vocabulary mats to be used.
• Thesauruses and dictionaries to be easily accessible for pupils to use.
• Units of work to be planned that follow the English teaching sequence.
• Short writing opportunities to be planned for and at least one longer independent writing task in each unit of work.
• Teachers to plan different writing styles into other curriculum areas.
• Work to be differentiated as required and needed.
• Teachers and TAs to support ALL pupils on a regular basis; providing intervention, support and challenge that individuals require to advance their learning in all areas of English.
• Grammar and Punctuation to be taught alongside the Units of Work, often as starters to lessons.
• Teachers and TAs model reading, planning writing, writing and handwriting.
• Teachers read out loud regularly to their class.
• Editing and proofreading skills are modelled by adults and used by the children.
• Displays of writing to encourage pride in work, give a purpose and audience and to show that work is valued.
• Cursive script to be used and staff to follow the school’s handwriting policy.
• To encourage and promote enjoyment in reading and writing events take place often throughout the year. These include: writing workshops, World Book Day, library visits, visitors to assemblies, author/poet visits, Book Fairs and clubs.
• Every class to enjoy a story time at the end of the day.
The aim is for all Westbury Infants children to be confident and enthusiastic speakers, readers and writers, so we provide a broad range of daily activities for children to develop and apply their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Included in this provision are opportunities for public-speaking and drama activities and reading and writing in different styles and for different purposes.
Useful English websites