We believe the ability to communicate and express ourselves is essential. A high-quality education in English will teach our pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others throughout the rest of their lives.
We aim for children to be able to:
- Read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding.
- Have a love of books and read for enjoyment.
- Have an interest in words and their meanings and to develop a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms.
- Spell a range of words confidently.
- Have an understanding of punctuation and grammar and to be able to apply their knowledge when writing.
- Understand a range of text types and genres, writing in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation and audience.
- Develop the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
Please look at our English policy for more details at the bottom of this page or chat to a class teacher. Don't forget to visit the KS1 library in the main hall, KS2 library in Class 5/6 Eagle or our other bookcases around school for new adventures! We're more than happy to recommend books too so please ask.
Phonics is the best way to master decoding. For more information and games about phonics, follow these links:
Reading and sharing books with children is really important to us. If you would like some reading tips for all ages, please follow this link: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/tips-and-advice/reading-tips/
If you're looking for your next book, try Book Trust's bookfinder: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/bookfinder/ or Love Reading for Kids: https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/# You can also read a free extract of the books on Love Reading for Kids so that you can decide whether it might be the right book for you!
To encourage your child to write at home, why not try having a writing notebook, as recommended by Cressida Cowell? Find her tips and suggestions for developing a notebook that encourages creativity linked to drawing and writing just for the fun of it below.