English unites the important literacy skills of reading and writing and also involves speaking and listening. The aim of our English curriculum at Forest Hall Primary School is to enable every child to explore, develop and enjoy all aspects of our language in order to communicate appropriately and effectively.
From Nursery to Year 2 we use Read, Write Inc. phonics scheme and continue throughout the school using the Literacy and Language scheme to develop reading comprehension skills further in KS2. We also use the Read Write Inc Spelling programme across KS2 to support the acquisition of new vocabulary and accurate spelling.
Statutory requirements for the teaching and learning of English are laid out in the National Curriculum English Document and in the Communication, Language and Literacy section of the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage. Within school, we also follow the Primary Framework for Literacy, with each year group following a range of exciting units of work covering narrative, non-narrative and poetry.
In School we recognise the importance of teaching phonics whilst also appreciating children learn to read through different styles and clues. Children are encouraged to develop their fluency, understanding and enjoyment of reading through the published ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ scheme. This is enhanced with a wide range of interesting texts in a variety of genres, and shared and group reading sessions within class. We use the ‘Read Write Inc’ scheme to develop confident readers and writers from Reception onwards.
The 2009/2010 school year saw the renovation of our school library. The children can now use the computerised system to take books out on loan, write reviews, and locate information. There is a set of laptops for pupils’ use, a teaching space and a special story area, complete with story throne! We also have a great relationship with our local library at Forest in Forest Hall and children of all ages are invited to take part in various activities.
Children have the opportunity to write in a variety of styles and for a range of audiences, planned to be purposeful and meaningful to the children. This is embedded throughout the curriculum to enhance the quality of writing in all subjects, including the use of ICT.