ENGLISH AT ORLEANS PRIMARY SCHOOL
We aim to ensure that all children foster a love of reading and writing and that we prepare children for the next phase of their education. We teach English through dedicated 'English' lessons across the school using the Power of Reading Programme of Study, as well as continuously developing the skills across the curriculum. The discrete English lessons have slightly different formats depending on the age and stage of the pupils.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage there is a great emphasis on speaking and listening as well as phonics. Children have daily English sessions and phonics sessions using the Read Write Inc scheme. Work is planned around relevant, exciting texts which foster a love of reading, speaking and writing. For example The Hungry Caterpillar, The Gruffalo and Elmer.
Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1 all pupils have daily phonics sessions which are taught in whole class groups using Read Write Inc as a basis for initial sounds and blending. They also have a daily English lesson; this involves speaking, listening, reading and writing which usually lasts for 45mins to 1 hour. Children are taught the skills in order to become confident readers and writers and to write for a range of different purposes and audiences. We always start with a book and plan our lessons continually around the texts. Building opportunities to plan, draft, edit and publish in line with the new curriculum.
Lower Key Stage 2
Lower Key Stage 2 classes also have dedicated English lessons that involve text, word and sentence level work based around a key text. Children learn about different genres of writing through these texts and teachers plan activities around them to suit the needs of different genres. They write regularly and receive feedback and targets to help them improve through systematic marking using WOW and NOW. They build on their skills and knowledge in SPAG in discrete lessons and continue to develop editing skills.
Upper Key Stage 2
Upper Key Stage 2 classes have dedicated English lessons in ability groups to ensure that they have targeted support where they need in punctuation, grammar and spelling (SPAG). Similar to previous years they work around a core text and teachers plan a variety of writing genes to meet the needs of the group. They build in the plan, draft, edit and publish rotation so that children develop the key skills needed for writing and become confident in a number of different text types.
PUPIL BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS
As we continue to promote a love of reading across the school we are encouraging the children to write their own book recommendations for each other so please look out for more of these in the Newsletter in the coming weeks.
My Book Recommendation
By Anton in Year 6
The Skulduggery Pleasant Series
These books are for 9-12 year olds. I want to recommend this series of books, as I find them very enjoyable reads. There are 13 books in the series, and a 14th is coming out in June or July. The books are about a 12-year-old girl called Stephanie Edgley, who meets a skeleton sorcerer called Skulduggery Pleasant. He trains her in magic and they save the world on numerous occasions. The book is also very humorous. The end of every chapter leaves you on a cliff-hanger. You will never want to stop reading this. I hope you start reading this, and if you do, I hope you like them.