English has a leading place in education and society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Read easily, fluently 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 heritage
- Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of context, 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 art of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate
Reading is one of the most important skills children can learn at school as it opens the door to many other areas of learning. Our aim for children by the end of Key Stage 1 is for them to achieve word reading fluency to equip them to access learning in Key Stage 2. To achieve this we have a daily, rigorous, synthetic phonics programme delivered consistently throughout EYFS and Key Stage 1. Further information about our phonics programme can be found below.
Along with daily phonics sessions the children have regular opportunities to read appropriate texts independently following our book banded scheme. To build fluency and stamina, children need to read widely and often with regular re-reading that can support fluency alongside reading at home. By the end of Key Stage 2, our aim is to embed the enjoyment of reading by promoting a culture where pleasure for reading is valued as well as developing the comprehension of texts. We promote a variety of reading opportunities for children to help embed the pleasure for reading and to support them in becoming confident and fluent readers.
If you would like to find out more about what text your child is reading during their whole class reading sessions, please click on the relevant link below.
To ensure that children become competent readers, Kings Worthy Primary School uses ‘Letters and Sounds’ to structure its teaching of phonics. The children are taught daily phonics lessons which begin on entry to the school in Foundation Stage. These lessons are organised so that children are introduced to the sound that letters of the alphabet make whilst also learning high frequency ‘red’ tricky words e.g. was. Notes from the Phonics workshop give more information about the teaching of phonics and ideas to support your child at home.
The school also runs a wide range of interventions to enable children who are not yet meeting age-related expectations to catch up and keep up with their year group expectations. At Kings Worthy, children across the school are given the opportunity to embed and learn new reading through guided reading sessions, shared reading, reading for enjoyment and other reading activities.
Children have a free choice of books from our school library where a wide range of texts and genres are promoted.