The overarching aim for English at Little Stanion is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. At Little Stanion we will ensure that all pupils: -
· Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
· Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
· Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
· Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
· Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
· Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
· Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
In both key stage 1 and key stage 2 we look at two different aspect of reading
· Word reading
· Comprehension and understanding of a variety of texts
At Little Stanion our word reading skills are underpinned by our early phonics programme (Read, Write, INC) This enables our children to decode unfamiliar words and also use known sounds to read and write fluently.
We encourage children to understand and comprehend texts by using their knowledge of the world and everything they already know. Through guided reading sessions the teachers can question children on their understanding and ensure that children are exposed to a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts.
Similarly to reading, in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 we look at 2 different strands: -
- Transcription (spelling and handwriting)
- Composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
We provide opportunities for children to write fluently in Spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons, independent writing lessons and also when writing in creative across the curriculum.
We ensure that children are familiar and aware of all SPaG terms for their year group and can use them consistently in their writing.
To develop children’s handwriting and give them every opportunity to join. We start teaching cursive handwriting from year 1 in conjunction with letter join. Handwriting is only moved onto joining when a child is ready.