The teaching of English encompasses reading, writing, speaking and listening. In Key Stage 1 the focus is upon fluent decoding of phonics to enable a child to read for meaning and spell phonetically. Common words that are not phonetically regular are taught discretely as ‘tricky’ words. Pupils begin to print in Reception and are writing cursively by the end of Year 2.
By the beginning of Key Stage 2 most pupils are decoding and writing fluently and the emphasis changes. Children are taught to not only read for information but to infer and deduce meaning from text (read between the lines). By Year 6 they will be able to comment on theme and style and compare different narrative and non-narrative texts. From Year 2 they are taught the basic spelling rules and are using them in their own writing. All punctuation is explicitly taught and grammar explained.
Speaking and listening are obviously part of all school activities. In key stage 1 pupils are taught to listen carefully and speak with confidence. In lower Key Stage 2 they begin to work effectively in small groups without adult supervision. Drama is an important teaching tool throughout the school.
Enjoyment of reading, writing and performance is a primary focus throughout the school – our aim is to encourage a life-long love of language in all its forms.