English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised. National Curriculum
At Chagford we want all of our children to be able to read, write and communicate verbally so there are no barriers to their learning opportunities.
At Chagford, there is an English lesson daily.
In this lesson teachers will give children opportunities to learn and practice particular skills. Throughout the lesson, the staff will assess understanding and progress, address misconceptions and identify what individuals and groups need to learn next.
To plan lessons, we use Babcock units of work which are based on quality children’s books – fiction, nonfiction and poetry. We learn the style of the book in depth and use the ‘Talk for writing’ format by Pie Corbett to support and scaffold class, group and individual written work. We also use our school topic to drive the curriculum for example reading poetry by a local poet, discussing a school value, writing letters to Greenpeace.
Throughout the day and in all other lessons there are opportunities for children to practice their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
Progression in phonics is key to the daily teaching in learning in FS and KS1. We follow the Letters and Sounds Systematic Synthetic Phonics programme. This is taught through games, songs, actions and repetition, supported by decodable phonics reading books. We follow the Dandelion Readers scheme of books which supports the phonetical acquisition of reading skills needed for early reading and for those children who need to support to catch up later in their primary education with their reading, we use the Dandelion catch up series from Phonics books. Reading books are sent home regularly for either your child to read, or be read to, supported by you. The positive comments from parents and carers can be written in the Home School Diary. We use these to assess your child’s progress. Group reading also takes place in classes from KS1 and further developed in KS2. Homework is organised by each class teacher to reflect our agreed Teaching and Learning Policy.