At Crondall Primary School we use English to communicate in both written and spoken form. We use language to build our view and opinion of the world and our community. We believe that developing a love of our language in our children is vital in achieving success at school and later in life. The exploration and enjoyment of the English language is our priority and we value all its aspects –speaking, listening, reading and writing. English is taught daily across the whole school with work appropriately differentiated to match all abilities.
Speaking and listening
Talking is fundamental to learning. Children are encouraged to speak clearly, confidently and with expression in order to state their ideas and opinions. Just as important is the need to listen carefully to others and respond in appropriate ways. At Crondall Primary, children are given opportunities in all areas of the curriculum to develop their speaking and listening skills, in paired, group or whole class situations. Therefore, role play, small world and drama activities are intrinsic elements of speaking and listening across the school. Each year group also has a class assembly each year and a key performance to support opportunities to share their learning.
Children who read for pleasure gain a richer vocabulary, more knowledge, critical thinking skills and become independent learners. Guided Reading is an important part of our curriculum. Children work as a whole class or in focused groups to develop their reading skills and their understanding of texts. We provide children with rich reading experiences within the English lessons and encourage them to appreciate the author’s use of language and writing techniques in order to develop their own writing skills. Our children take their reading books home daily to share with their families/carers.
As they go through the school, they are given more responsibility for making their own reading choices from the excellent resources we have in school. Our well-stocked library is also open daily for children to choose their books. Please see our information booklet on early reading development:
Phonics and spelling
We place great value on the importance of accurate spelling. A structured programme of spelling extends across the whole school, beginning with Read, Write Inc in EYFS and Key Stage 1. There is a natural transition to Spelling programmes at the end of Key Stage 1 and beginning of Key Stage 2, and this continues to be used through to the end of Year 6. The spelling programme is supported by learning in class.
At Crondall Primary we aim for children to be independent writers. We encourage them to write clearly and with confidence in any given genre. We teach them to use punctuation and grammar accurately, to be able to proofread their own work and make amendments and improvements. Our system of pen licences encourages children to place value on the development of correct letter formation and neatly presented handwriting. We give children a wide range of opportunities in which to develop their writing skills and display work of which they are proud. Through our English curriculum, we aim to nurture in the children a love of literature and language, and the confidence to continue reading and writing throughout their lives. We allow children to have extended periods of writing time to showcase the skills they have learnt in class. This time is called ‘write away’ and is at the end of each genre studied.
“I love reading the stories about our topic, they help us to understand it better” Year 5
“The library monitors now read us stories at lunchtimes and show us new books. This is helping my reading.” Year 2
“Write away gives me time to think about my writing and produce a good piece. I love the candles and soothing music that plays” Year 6
The impact of our curriculum is continually assessed and reviewed by the senior leadership team, subject leaders, Governors and our children. The impact of the curriculum is evident in the improved outcomes for all children.
How to support my child?
Below are some links to online games and support