Poetry Performance Week

English

Children enjoy learning English because we pride ourselves on delivering a challenging and rich English curriculum, where all children are motivated to fulfil their potential. 

  • All children are encouraged to have a real curiosity about the global and immediate world that we live in.
  • We encourage pupils to enjoy writing and to recognise its value to themselves and others.
  • Our different schemes of work enhance teachers’ and children’s pleasure in reading, and raise children’s achievement through teachers’  knowledge of literature and its creative use in the classroom
  • Through in-depth planning, across the curriculum, children are able to communicate their thoughts and ideas clearly and concisely, in a variety of situations: There is immersion into the text through music, art, drama, discussion and role-play.

This is how English is organised at Oldfield:

  • Children KS1 and KS2 learn different genres in various ways. Our curriculum is based around the use of 'rich texts'. Teachers carefully select a text which has high quality language, grammar, structure and literary effect. The children are then immersed in this text, looking at key features which make it effective. Writing activities including extended pieces of writing are then planned using this text.
  • We promote reading, writing and speaking and listening through various activities like book fairs, world book day, character days, writing competitions, Reading Month, drama groups and external workshops.

Teachers plan topics in English by making creative cross curricular links, for example, writing reports, newspaper articles and persuasive writing in History. By tapping into all curriculum resources available children develop spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject.

Phonics

In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, we deliver a consistent approach to phonics using Phonics Play and the DfE’s Letters and Sounds scheme. Every child in EYFS and Key Stage One work through the programme to help them decode, (sound out), words that they read and spell. Reading is linked into understanding what they have read and also links into short writing activities.

Reading

Reading is a vital skill for all children to learn. It allows them to access information needed in all areas of the curriculum at school, helping them to achieve in all subjects. Reading is also a lifelong skill which the children will use in their everyday lives, opening up the doorway to learning and exploring the world in which we live.

Our reading books are graded using the ‘Book Bands’ system. We use a range of schemes including the Oxford Reading Tree. We support the children’s progress through these books and promote the ‘love’ for reading across the curriculum using class and the main library. Each child is heard reading daily and they take part in Guided Reading activities. Reading books are changed twice a week. Teachers and teaching assistants question the children’s understanding of their reading book and support them in their progress. More children are targeted on reading for meaning. In addition, ‘Tetley Tea’ (Tata Global Beverages) volunteers listen to children read over 3 lunchtimes.

Mrs Nicholls and Mrs Lorrimore, English Leaders

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