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. Our grammar and punctuation policy ensures 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. We approach reading in three different ways; through reading for pleasure, reading across the curriculum and teaching reading skills explicitly. Each year group also has their own author, throughout the year they read a range of books by them. We aim to instill 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.
National Curriculum English Overview
Returning to school
We bought some gorgeous new books to use with the children to help settle them back into school and to support their transition into a new class. Here are some examples of the books if you would like to share them with your children at home.
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?