School vision for the teaching of English

English is at the heart of every child and adults’ life. We live in an environment where written text is all around us and we use the fundamentals of writing, speaking and reading in our daily lives. This is why at St Oswald’s we believe that English should be at the heart of all aspects of school life. We aim to deliver a high quality English curriculum that gives children the best possible opportunities to become confident and successful readers and writers with a deep love and understanding of the English language. We believe the development of reading and writing skills is central to improving a child’s life chances.

Firstly, we recognise that without effective communication, little achievement can be made. We aim to develop the abilities of all children in our school to communicate their ideas effectively in speech and writing. Children are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and media texts. They gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Children use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations.

It is our vision that every child will learn to write by being given real and exciting materials and opportunities that inspire them to write. . We will show and explain everyday occurrences to the children and inspire them to write about them. We will share excellent writing to inspire children to emulate styles. We encourage children to read their work for enjoyment, to read it aloud to others and provide audiences for writing. We want children to have an understanding that writing has a real purpose and that word choice and style can bring about change.

At St Oswald’s we believe that good presentation skills are important as we want children to value their own work and for others to do the same. By introducing and teaching a consistent cursive script from Year 1, our aim is for children to be able to focus upon the content of their writing from year 2 onwards rather than on the mechanics of handwriting. We know that using a cursive script helps most children become more confident, fluent writers and helps improve spelling. We aim for our children to develop a clear cursive handwriting script that they are proud of.

We believe that reading is at the centre of learning. We strive for children to learn to love books through daily storytelling or reading sessions.  English writing topics can be based on stories by well -known authors and the children are given time to immerse themselves in the story and get to know the characters and story format. Children are encouraged to read a wide variety of genres; they have access to this through a well -resourced and modern reading scheme, which they read at home with parents and in school with staff.

We teach children how to comprehend, interpret and apply reading skills across the foundation subjects using Reciprocal Reading Strategies. We teach children, through guided sessions, the skills of inference, inquiry and interpretation and encourage them to apply this to a range of ‘real life’ texts.

Children will read daily in the classroom either in shared reading, one to one reading or guided reading groups. Children are encouraged to read a range of books in school and at home and communication between staff and parents is encouraged.

Download: Literacy Overview – 2017-18 (PDF)

 

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Reading Information

Key Learning in English

 

Reading and Writing Targets 2017-18

 

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Parent Information

 

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