Norwood Green

Love, Laugh & Learn Together

ENGLISH

IN OUR SCHOOL WE BELIEVE THAT LANGUAGE IS THE TOOL BY WHICH WE COMMUNICATE AND LEARN. IT IS FUNDAMENTAL TO ALL AREAS OF LEARNING AND THE WIDER CURRICULUM.

We aim to develop our children’s ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes; using language to learn and communicate ideas, views and feelings.

By enabling children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, they become enthusiastic, inspired and critical readers and writers. Children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins.

Reading

We aim to develop children’s word reading and comprehension skills and to foster a love of books and a desire to read.  

In order to read across the curriculum with fluency, accuracy, understanding and enjoyment, pupils need to draw on a range of strategies. To achieve this we follow ‘The Power of reading’ programme which aims to engage children by using high quality books and creative teaching approaches.

We promote reading through:

  • Independent reading
  • Guided reading
  • Shared reading
  • ERIC (everybody reading in class)
  • Reading Aloud
  • Library time

Phonics

We follow the DFES ‘Letters and Sounds’, document which supports systematic and efficient teaching of synthetic phonics. It focuses on teaching decoding through 6 phonic phases that develop progression and understanding of letters and sounds as well as blending (for reading) and segmenting (for writing) skills. Phonics is a daily taught activity in all classes throughout the school.

In Year 1 the children will complete the Phonics Screening Check

Writing

We want to develop literate pupils who write with confidence and fluency, organising the content and style of what is written to suit the purpose.

Children will learn to use phonics, spelling, punctuation and syntax appropriately and with confidence and have an interest in words and their meaning. We aim to motivate and stimulate a love of writing through

  • Whole class shared writing
  • Guided writing in groups
  • Grammar (spelling, punctuation, vocabulary)
  • Handwriting
  • Working with response partners
  • Talk for writing
  • Exciting Writing events

Exciting Writing

The definition for creative writing is writing that expresses ideas and thoughts in an imaginative way.

In our school we hold regular ‘Exciting Writing’ weeks where teachers take a text or topic and use it to develop and engage children in writing across the curriculum. In a highly imaginative and creative way, through a variety of resources and stimulating hooks that gain interest and enthusiasm writing becomes a joy for all involved. 

 

Speaking & Listening

Speaking and listening are necessary basic skills in everyday communication. 

Whilst building on the language that children bring to school and showing respect for every child’s means of communication, staff develop children’s confidence, increase their vocabulary and use of expressive language as well as developing the children’s ability to listen and respond.