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English

Approach

In English lessons at Manland, children are taught speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through studying a variety of styles of genres.  We work hard to ensure the children’s learning links to the skills they are developing across the curriculum as we feel that this enhances their learning experiences in English.  Our English learning is based on class core texts.

Our Aims – English National Curriculum

The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic
    conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a
    range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly
    their understanding and ideas
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations,
    demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Phonics and Reading

At Manland, we want our children to be enthusiastic, confident and fluent readers.  To enable our children to have a life-long love of reading we start the teaching of reading in the Early Years Foundation Stage through the Letters and Sounds synthetic phonics programme.  As the children progress through Key Stage One, their repertoire of known phonemes and graphemes will increase through the continuation of synthetic phonics.  We encourage children to read a wide range of texts, and as they continue through the school, this will be fostered through planned whole class guided reading sessions and opportunities to read across the curriculum.

Spelling

Spelling is an integral part of our teaching and learning in English.  The children learn spelling patterns which build on their phonics knowledge.  For ideas and guidance on helping your child with their spelling, please see the attached “Spelling Booklet for Parents and Carers”.

Ways you can help your child with English

    • Talk to your child, developing their vocabulary and listening skills. Teach them to take turns when speaking and to listen carefully to what others say.
    • Read to your child. Visit the library for a free, varied and interesting variety of books.
    • Hear your child read regularly. Ask questions to check their understanding and help them to read between the lines.
    • Always make sure your child does their homework and brings it to school on time.
    • Play games to help with spelling such as Scrabble
    • Model the Letterjoin writing scheme at home.
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