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At Flamstead End, it is our belief that, in the world that we live in, the reading, writing and communicating of the English language are essential parts of everyday life. As such, the teaching of English takes a high priority in our curriculum and is at the heart of all aspects of school life.
At our school, we aim to deliver a broad, yet balanced English curriculum, giving children access to a wide variety of engaging and inspiring texts. Through doing this, in addition to providing the children with high-quality teaching, we believe that children are given the opportunity to develop culturally, emotionally and socially. It is our belief that this style of curriculum gives children the best chance to succeed in the world outside of school.
Foundation Stage Reading:
This is where the journey begins for our children, we introduce them to single sounds within the first half term and begin to blend simple words. We follow a programme called Read Write Inc. and believe that it enables all children to learn to read and write. Children are introduced to Fred the frog who only speaks in sounds and he supports the children throughout their reading journey.
Foundation stage Writing:
This follows a very similar pattern to reading, as children learn new sounds they are introduced to a handwriting phrase, children begin to write single letters and simple words and throughout Reception this extends to simple sentences. Fred the frog is always there to support them on their journey.
Key stage 1 Reading:
Our children now have a solid foundation from Reception and are able to read simple sentences. Within Key stage 1 we encourage them to find their “storyteller voices” and use expression as they read. They are now reading with pace and this enables them to develop a real enjoyment of reading, we encourage them to read outside of the classroom as well as working in partners to share books within Read Write Inc.
Key Stage 1 Writing:
Children are able to write simple sentences and we encourage them to extend these sentences using a wide range of vocabulary that they are exposed to through their reading books. Children begin to edit their work and share it with their partner to make adaptations and improve their writing. Children build upon the handwriting phrases they have learnt in Reception by beginning to use cursive writing.
Key Stage 2 Reading:
Reading forms a large part of what we do at Flamstead End. Our library has recently been revamped and is full of a fantastic selection of high-quality reading resources. Whilst we do encourage a love of reading at our school, we also try to encourage that reading is just a normal part of everyday life – that it is not just a treat, but a usual everyday activity. As such, just like children can take part in sports activities at lunchtime, they can sit, relax and read or listen to books in the library.
In class, children take part in guided reading sessions. These sessions allow for shared reading, the development of comprehension skills and book-related discussions. Reading lessons are also a normal part of our ‘everyday’ curriculum, with many lessons allowing for children to develop their reading skills in a variety of contexts.
Key Stage 2 Writing:
At Flamstead End, we encourage children to think of themselves as authors. It is our belief that doing so helps to create a culture of creativity, in which children can take pride and pleasure in their work. When creating a text, children will be given access to an abundance of engaging texts. The children are taught to analyse these texts, then plan, draft, edit, improve and perform their work, much like real-life authors. We want the children to not only take pride in their writing, but enjoy it and the process producing it.
English at Flamstead End complies with the expectations of the National Curriculum 2014 and is delivered via the Read Write Inc. programme from Reception to Year 2; and Literacy and Language programme in Years 2 – 6.