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English

 We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding.
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, spell accurately and have a secure understanding of grammar.
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently across a range of genres. 
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening.

'Power of Reading’ (CLPE) and ‘Talk for Writing’ (Pie Corbett) are used to deliver the reading and writing curriculum.  

Reading

We aim to promote a love of reading through access to a wide range of books.  Children are taught various strategies to ensure that they are reading for meaning.  Children are taught various strategies to ensure that they are reading for meaning.  These include a structured programme to acquire a knowledge and understanding of phonics based on 'Letters and Sounds', and the systematic teaching of comprehension skills. 

Writing

Acquiring language patterns, through reading and orally learning texts, supports the development of children’s writing.  A range of genres is covered where children are encouraged to consider audience, purpose, content and structure.  Technical skills (spelling, grammar and handwriting) are taught alongside the more creative aspects to ensure ideas are communicated effectively, accurately and legibly.

An example of ‘Talk for Writing’ from Year 3

Genre: Traditional Tales (based on Red Riding Hood)

Once upon a time there was a famous footballer called Neymar.  Late one afternoon his manager said to him, “Go to the other end of the ship to train.”  Into his bag he put shiny boots, white shorts and a mobile telephone.  So, Neymar walked and walked until he came to the middle of the ship.  Neymar stopped to sit down.  Playing skilfully, along came Ronaldo.  “Where are you going?” he asked.  Neymar explained.  Unfortunately crafty Messi was hiding behind a table listening to everything they said.  So, Messi dashed off to the training room.  When Neymar reached the training room and he saw Messi, Messi looked strange.  Messi said to him, “Take these boots.”  “Erm…” replied Neymar.  “They will make you kick the ball high.”  “But…” said Neymar.  Before Messi handed the boots to Neymar, Ronaldo dashed in and took the boots out of Messi’s hands and shook them.  Out of them came 100 slugs.  Ronaldo told the manager and Messi got banned from the next 3 matches.