English is a key skill and is a focus of great importance for us at Withernsea Primary School.
As well as being incorporated into all areas of learning, specific skills are taught in daily English lessons from Year 1 to Year 6.
In the Foundation Stage, opportunities for English are incorporated into the child’s day according to the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Work is carefully differentiated for each pupil to enable pupils to work at the best level for them and to develop their skills. To meet their individual needs, some children will work at age related expectations while others will be challenged to work above, or supported to work below these expectations.
Pupils are taught handwriting, spelling and phonics as discrete skills. Phonics is introduced in the Foundation Stage and consolidated throughout Key Stage 1 and 2. We follow the Letters and Sounds scheme for our phonics lessons. Spelling is a focus for the school and we teach spelling patterns and rules.
Guided Reading is delivered to all children, working in groups, throughout the school. Pupils also regularly take reading books home. Reading will be a focus for the academic year 2017/18 with an emphasis on reading for pleasure and reading fluency. Children in Key Stage One follow the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.
We have an English team who lead this subject in school and also ensure we have the right resources and a consistent approach to teaching and learning. Every year we evaluate English by monitoring teachers’ planning, observing lessons taught by all teachers, looking at assessment and talking to the children about their learning.
Using all this information we prepare an annual action plan to develop English. Our focus for 2016/17 is developing the writing skills of our pupils via redrafting and self and peer evaluation.
We have a Parental Reading Guide and Writing Guide which are given out as part of our welcome packs. They provide suggestions for supporting reading and writing at home and cover all primary school ages.
Click here for our English policy.
Click here for our handwriting policy.