English

                                                                 

All children participate in a structured programme using the objectives as set out in the Chris Quigley curriculum which is based on the National curriculum.  These objectives are designed to develop all aspects of the English language. Writing, spelling and grammatical conventions are intergrated into a comprehensive learning programme which sits alongside the skills of reading. Creative and other forms of writing are taught in a dynamic and stimulating way and are largely based on high quality children's literature.
  
Spelling is taught over 5 sessions per week through the Read Write Inc Spelling programme and is delivered at age appropriate expectations. Foundation Stage and KS1 pupils are taught a Read Write Inc Phonics sessions (5 per week) to develop their reading skills.

Reading:

It is our aim at Lacey Green to encourage all our children to become confident and enthusiastic readers; we actively promote a love of reading. We encourage our children to read and to enjoy looking at a variety of fiction and non-fiction books, and to take their books home to share with their parents as this supports their reading progress in school. Children in KS2 are expected to read for a  minium 20 minutes per day. They receive regular reading assignments, through focused questions, which are targeted to develop their vocabulary, inference and deduction skills and comprehesion. An appreciation of literature is achieved by introducing children to a wide range of authors and through teachers reading expressively to the children.  Each class teacher dedicates 15 minutes per day to reading high quality literature to their children.

National School Book Week is celebrated annually in March, where both children and staff dress up as book characters and the children work on book and reading activities in their respective School houses. Regular Book Fairs are organised in school.

Speaking and Listening

Speaking and Listening skills are equally important and many opportunities are made for children to express themselves effectively and to listen appropriately. We create numerous opportunities for discussion work in a variety of group situations and give opportunities of expression through drama and presentational speaking.

Drama provides an ideal opportunity for children to engage in role-play and to learn about empathy. In EYFS, role-play and drama, help children to develop their vocabulary, confidence, expression and story telling techniques. The children enjoy a wide variety of dramatic activities through the Curriculum and school productions. Theatre trips and visits to school from theatre companies are regularly arranged.

English is taught in Key Stages 1 and 2 for an hour each day, and is taught in a cross-curricular manner where appropriate.  A wide variety of good quality literature is used to deliver the curriculum. Interweaved into this rich learning experience, are bespoke grammar and reading comprehension lessons.

Published Writing

At Lacey Green, developing the pupils' writing skills is a key focus in all English lessons. Children are required to write for a purpose across a wide variety of genres, which encompass the full range of writing skills from report to poetry writing.


Writing is develped over a sequence of lesson and is linked to a quality text.  Grammar and puntuation objectives are taught through the writing process.  Units of work are carefully planned to incorporate all of the composition, grammar and punctuation objectives set out in the National curriculum for each year group.  Evidence of children using and applying these skills are assessed over several pieces of writing.  Children are given time to edit and improve their work.  This is an important part of children learning to proof read and correct their writing.  To this end, we encourage children to make changes to their work prior to the teacher's marking. All children are expected to respond to the teacher's marking by correcting and improving where necessary.  Each half term, we celebrate the children's achievements by publishing two pieces of their written work; this is displayed in their published work books.
 

Use of IT. within English

IT is used integrally to support and enhance the teaching and learning within English in various different ways – through the use of the internet, Interactive Digital texts, Desk Top Publishing and a wide variety of applications to support the writing process.