At Ducklington C of E Primary School we provide a quality of teaching that will give all children the skills, confidence and breadth of experience to enable them to become proficient as speakers, listeners, readers and writers of the English Language. We set high standards in English teaching, recognising its importance in the curriculum, forming the basis for communicating and learning in all subjects. Speaking and listening, reading and writing are integrated into all areas of the curriculum through our creative approach to learning.
Speaking & Listening
During the Foundation Stage children are offered experiences for speaking and listening which include:
- using language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences
- attentive listening and responses
- interacting with adults and peers through a “play” approach to learning.
At Key Stages 1 and 2 children learn to speak clearly, thinking about the needs of their listeners. Pupils are encouraged to be thoughtful and understanding listeners. They use language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds. They work in pairs, small groups and as a class, joining in discussions and making relevant points. They also learn how to listen carefully to what other people are saying, so they can remember the main points. They learn to use language in imaginative ways and express their ideas and feelings when working in role and drama activities, circle times and class assemblies/ productions.
At Ducklington we use DfES Letters and Sounds phonics programme, alongside the new National Curriculum requirements. Letters and Sounds aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting at the age of four, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.
During the Foundation stage, children are offered experiences of reading which include;
- sharing stories, rhymes poems and other texts
- hearing and recognising in print initial, final and medial sounds
- building up the recognition of some common words
- taking library books and reading books home.
Throughout the Foundation stage, children will begin with a wordless picture book to enhance their story telling skills and experience the correct orientation of reading. They will then progress onto emergent sounds books (a is for apple etc) then, when they are ready, begin the schools colour coded reading scheme.
At Key Stages 1 and 2 children’s interest and pleasure in reading is developed as they learn to read confidently and independently. The meaning of text is discussed and children are encouraged to evaluate and express opinions. We offer a variety of genre to read including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Pupils have opportunities to read individually and during guided reading sessions. Pupils are encouraged to use the school library and the mobile library service.
During the Foundation stage children are offered experiences of writing which include;
- differentiating between print and pictures
- making the connections between speech and writing
- recognising the symbolic nature of writing, the sound, name and order of letters and how to write them correctly
- writing for a variety of purposes.
At Key Stages 1 and 2 children are encouraged to write for themselves from the very beginning as emergent writers. They are encouraged and expected to read their own writing. Written work is valued through sharing it with both adults and peers and through displays. As children start to see the value of writing so their enjoyment increases. They learn to communicate meaning in narrative and non-fiction texts as well as to spell and punctuate correctly.