Language and Literacy underpins the whole curriculum and provides a vital key to all aspects of teaching and learning. At Pinkwell Primary School, we believe that children learn effectively through language and should be given the opportunity to develop these skills. Children come into school with a wide variety of language experience and we should enable all children to develop, to the full, their ability to understand and their confidence to use language, both written and spoken, and to foster a love of language through a rich and varied curriculum. At Pinkwell Primary School we regard it as essential that all children enjoy their English lessons in an atmosphere of encouragement, support and respect and that they feel a sense of achievement at all times. We aim to provide a wide range of experiences and ways to work with English language.
The teaching and learning strategy operates in line with Curriculum 2014 and the Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage underpinning teaching in the Reception class. It is important to remember that the National Curriculum in English is broad so it is necessary to develop some aspects of English, such as speaking and listening and extended writing, across the curriculum. In the Foundation Stage, elements of the daily English lesson are discretely organised across the day. Reception teachers may choose to cover the elements of the English curriculum across the day rather than in a single unit of time. By the end of Reception year, teachers are expected to have established the English lesson. In KS2, 1 hour and 30 minutes per day is spent on English (including Guided Reading) and 1 hour 55 minutes at KS1 (including Phonics and Guided Reading). Each English lesson encompasses specific elements for the key strands to enhance learning either independently, or through paired or group work. A plenary may be used throughout the lesson to ensure learning is understood and challenged. Skills taught in the morning are practised and developed through curriculum work in the afternoons. Children will be encouraged to work individually, in similar ability or mixed ability groups or as a class according to the task. Learning objectives and vocabulary should be explicitly displayed and explained and should be used to assess the learning that takes place during a lesson.