At the New Forest Church of England Primary School we put the study of English at the heart of the whole curriculum. It is not only the language we use but the resource we need to access all aspects of learning and modern life. As such we encourage children to develop their use, knowledge and understanding of English by:
- Speaking clearly and using Standard English in all communication throughout the school
- Developing their listening skills in all aspects of school life
- Writing in a cursive handwriting style and with neat presentation when required (e.g. for ‘best copies’)
- Developing fluent reading skills in a wide range of text types
- Communicating ideas and their creativity through their writing across the whole curriculum.
We therefore teach English within an integrated program of lessons in Speaking & Listening, Reading, Writing, Spelling and Phonics as well as Handwriting, keyboard & presentation skills. Following the statutory objectives, and many aspects of the non-statutory guidance in the National Curriculum (2014), we have a progressive English curriculum established within our broad and balanced whole curriculum and supported by extra curricula activities.
We use the 'Song of Sounds' scheme as the basis of our Phonics teaching.
Our aim is that pupils at The New Forest Primary School will leave Year 6 having progressed and achieved to their best abilities in:
- Reading and writing with confidence, fluency and understanding; using a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct
- With an appreciation of a wide range of literature alongside a desire to read for enjoyment;
- Understanding a range of text types, media types and genres
- With a confident, ever maturing, vocabulary and understanding of the English language in spoken and written forms
- Able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to purpose and audience
- Using their developing imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness
- How to give an articulate spoken presentation and employ speaking and listening skills in discussion; as well as having had the opportunity to develop their confidence and enjoyment of drama.