ENGLISH AT ALWOODLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL
Our English vision is to foster a love of language and literature through the use of quality texts and books; this inspires, excites and engages our children.
At Alwoodley Primary School, we aim to foster a love of language and reading and, therefore, attach great importance to enabling our children to become fluent readers. In Reception and Year One we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme, supported by actions used in the ‘Jolly Phonics’ programme. This teaches children the sounds and tricky words needed to support them with their reading and writing. From Year Two this is then followed by ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ which teaches the children the basic skills needed to read and write words. Grammar and punctuation is taught both explicitly and implicitly within English lessons. In light of new changes to the National Curriculum, we have recently updated our grammar and punctuation policy to ensure that grammar skills are effectively embedded into the children’s everyday work.
Children will experience a wide range of authors and text types during their time at Alwoodley Primary School. In each year group, pupils will regularly hear books being read to them, in addition to reading for their own pleasure. We aim to instil a passion for reading throughout the school and hold regular events throughout the year to promote this. The children have access to a range of different reading books, predominantly those within the Oxford Reading scheme. These include Big Cat Phonics books, Songbirds and Project X. By providing the children with a range of books it ensures that they not only suit their ability but also allow them to experience a range of writing styles and text types.
Children are encouraged to use their knowledge of texts to write for a variety of purposes such as: explanations, instructions, reports, balanced arguments, stories and poems. They learn to plan, draft, revise, edit and present their work, before evaluating the success of their writing. From Nursery, our children are taught letter formation using the Irlens handwriting scheme. As they progress through school, the children are encouraged to write in a neat, legible style using a cursive script.
Drama and speaking and listening are an integral part of not only English but also the wider curriculum in order to encourage self-confidence, imagination and empathy. It is used to stimulate, explore and challenge ideas. Communication is a key feature of many aspects of our curriculum.
Please see activities and links below that can be used during the school closures to support your child's English learning.
National Curriculum English Overview
Summer reading challenge 2020
To launch the Summer Reading Challenge we would like to get everybody talking about reading! Can you use some of the questions below to have a conversation with your families about reading? You could film it and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org for it to be shared with others on our media page, Mrs Fox has uploaded her own video as an example.
On Wednesday 22nd April it was Earth Day and we set a whole school challenge for children to learn and perform or write their own poem. Look at the amazing poems we received!
World Book Day 2020
Look at the fabulous learning we have been doing throughout school.
Visitors and events
Stunning examples of written work around school
Reading Survey Monkey
Can you fill in this survey monkey to let you know how you feel about reading?