English

Understanding and using the English language is a vital life skill. We use the National Curriculum alongside our own professional knowledge to inspire pupils to have a love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment and be confident writers, with the ability to express themselves fluently in both writing and speaking. We have introduced a structured programme of synthetic phonics, (Letters and Sounds) which has been very successful in the development of reading and spelling skills. Our aim is that pupils are able to transfer these skills to other areas. Children will be taught to write for a range of purposes, both by teaching transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing). Pupils will also be taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. We are particularly keen to develop children's writing and in particular, handwriting and presentation skills. This should all be a creative and enjoyable experience.