‘Let the text be the beating heart of the lesson’ Andrew Dalby
Blaise Primary School aims for our children to become lifelong readers who not only can read, but do read; not only can write, but do write.
Through exploring a range of high quality texts, we teach our children to
- Be confident and fluent readers who enjoy reading and realise the value in it.
- Be able to write and spell clearly and fluently for a range of purposes and audiences.
- Be responsible for their own learning, including improving and developing their own writing.
- Develop a love of words and their meanings which will continue to grow with their vocabulary.
- Respectfully and confidently articulate their opinions in any situation.
- Develop their creativity, imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
How we approach English at Blaise:
- The teaching of English is in line with expectations set out in the National Curriculum.
- Assessment of the children’s current abilities in writing and reading forms the basis of all planning.
We follow the phonics programme ‘Letters and Sounds’ using images, actions and rhymes to ensure a multi sensory approach to learning. Systematic teaching of phonics and on-going assessments support early reading and writing and provides children with a firm foundation on which to build.
Phonics is taught daily in Reception and Year One as a whole class alongside small group and individual sessions as needed.
Our aim is that all children will have a sound knowledge and understanding of phonics by the end of Key Stage 1. Some children will, however, need continued support in Key Stage 2.
Reading is the beating heart of our curriculum. As such, reading for pleasure is a core part of every child’s educational entitlement, because we know that extensive reading and exposure to a wide range of texts make the single most important contribution to learners’ achievement in education and in the world beyond.
Children will be reading high quality texts chosen by teachers who are passionate about reading and know the texts well. Power of Reading is used to support teachers to use creative teaching approaches (such as art and drama) to engage and motivate children. Children will be given a wide range of reading opportunities and experiences throughout each term. Reading should continue beyond the school gates and be fully supported at home by parents who understand how the school teaches reading and are, in turn, fully supported by the school.