The English curriculum in school is based on the four interrelated areas of language – speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Talk (i.e. speaking and listening) is encouraged and developed. It is the means by which children form relationships, interact and collaborate, generate ideas, question, express opinions and develop their powers of thinking. The ability to communicate through talk is important for learning in the classroom and social development.
Reading is a skill that enables children to expand their knowledge of the world. Through reading and responding to imaginative fiction, poetry, drama and a wide range of non-fiction, children both gain pleasure and develop a competence in written language.
In class, books are read regularly to children. We aim to create an independent reader, who reads with understanding, fluency, enjoyment and acquires research skills.
As children become more skilled, they are given access to Accelerated Reader (AR). Pupils read a book, take an online quiz which focuses on their understanding of the text and provides them with immediate feedback. Parents can opt in to receive emails which keep them informed of their children’s book choices and quiz results. AR gives teachers the information they need to monitor children’s reading practice. It enables them to make informed choices to guide their pupils’ future reading development.
At All Saints we use a thematic approach to learning, using our 'topic' as a vehicle for learning. We try and provide real life purposes for writing for our children so that they consider the audience when they write. Throughout the year the children write in a range of genres dependent on their purpose for writing. Sometimes they are given opportunities to draft work. The draft is then edited; that means spellings, grammar and punctuation are checked and possibly text reshaped before a final copy is produced by the child. Grammar, vocabulary, punctuation and spelling are explicitly and progressively taught in line with the National Curriculum for English.