English

English is the principle means of communication for most of us who live in this country.  Children and adults communicate with each other and understand others through the use of this language.  They can do this most effectively if they are taught how to speak it, understand it, read it and write it to a high standard.  Children come to school with varying levels of language skill which we extend and deepen and provide them with a variety of language experience.  All English teaching will contribute to skill development in the following areas:

 

  • Speaking and Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing

 

At Fazakerley Primary School we believe that English is a fundamental life skill, enabling children to develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing for a wide range of purposes. The knowledge and skills involved in speaking and listening, reading and writing are vital to success within all areas of education.

 

We believe that sound English skills are a necessary preparation to allow our pupils to effectively engage in further education and training, employment and ultimately achieve economic well-being. English also fosters the ability to use language purposefully and creatively, to encourage powers of imagination and to promote spiritual, moral and cultural understanding.

 

The development and progress through our reading schemes provides the opportunity for our pupils to read using increasing and more advanced reading skills, to develop the ability to read accurately, fluently and with expression and to also comprehend the written text. Our schemes include both fiction and non-fiction reading materials. We uphold and strongly emphasise the main purpose of writing, which is to convey meaning as a result of learning and to use and apply the basic skills of writing, vocabulary, grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Reading

We aim that children will:

 

  • Read with confidence, fluency and understanding.
  • Be able to use a full range of reading strategies, e.g. phonics, word recognition, graphic knowledge, picture or context clues.
  • Have an interest in books and read for enjoyment which provides them with a wealth of texts and story patterns for their own writing.
  • Develop the skill of sustained reading.
  • Develop imagination and critical awareness through reading experiences of the best examples of traditional and modern literature.
  • Have knowledge of a range of authors, poets and playwrights.
  • Have experience of group, shared and individual reading.
  • Become life-long readers.

 

Reading skills are developed through:

 

  • Providing a wide range of reading material and opportunities for children to select from, for information and entertainment.
  • Use of structured reading schemes –
  • Key Stage 1: Collins Big Cat, Rigby Star and Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds.
  • Key Stage 2: Project X, X Code in addition to Ginn New Reading 360
  • Regular one-to-one reading support for all children who have not yet reached the stage of being able to read independently.
  • A daily programme of word recognition development in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 where necessary. This is delivered through Letters and Sounds and the Sounds-Write phonics scheme.
  • Regular Guided Reading is developed throughout the school.
  • Home Reading.
  • Home library in Nursery and Reception.
  • Use of class libraries in every class

Writing

We aim that children will:

 

  • Have an interest in words, their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms.
  • Understand a range of genres – be able to write in a variety of styles and structures appropriate to the audience and purpose.
  • Be developing the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
  • Have suitable technical vocabulary to organise their responses.
  • Produce independent pieces of writing using correct punctuation and sentence construction.
  • Write extended pieces of text, in a range of contexts
  • Have knowledge of a range of authors, poets and playwrights.
  • Develop fluid and well-formed handwriting (see Handwriting Policy).

 

Writing is developed through:

 

  • A wide range of contexts for writing from role play to assembly productions.
  • Punctuation, grammar and spelling which are taught on a regular basis.
  • Providing opportunities for collaborative writing.

 

Our primary vision is for our children to be able to apply the fundamental literacy skills out of context in all areas of our curriculum.

 

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