English

Children learn their language by talking, listening, writing and reading. There are many opportunities in class for speaking and listening activities (drama/role-play, talk partners and regular discussion times) to enhance pupils’ understanding of language and of the way language can be used to communicate.

We aim to develop a love of reading for all our pupils - all children have access to a wide variety of literature and non-fiction containing quality text, language and illustrations.

To explore the relationships between letters and sounds, pupils in Reception and KS1 participate in a daily phonics session. They follow the synthetic phonics approach, in which individual letters or letter sounds are blended to form groups of letters or sounds, and those groups are then blended to form complete words. Pupils in KS2 participate in shared, guided or whole class reading activities. Children choose their own individual reading books from the decimal-coded selection. Progress is monitored regularly through the accelerated Reader project so that appropriate programmes of work can be matched to individual children, ensuring that comprehension and research skills continue to develop. 

At Orchard, we use the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach across the school, which enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’, as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence, with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively across a range of fiction and non-fiction writing. As part of the process, children create story maps to use for an oral retelling of the story and move from imitating the original text, to innovating by practising key skills before moving to independent writing at the end of each unit, which is known as the ‘hot write’.

Grammar, punctuation and spelling are taught discreetly throughout English lessons and also as a separate weekly lesson in Key Stage 2. All children are taught to write in a legible printed style of writing on entering school. This develops into joined handwriting in Y1, with teaching delivered through the Pen Pals handwriting scheme.

The English Policy and Plans can be found in the links below:
 https://orchardprimary.org/policy/literacy-policy
 English Statement of Intent, Implementation & Impact.pdf
 English Long Term Plan (LTP).pdf (To Be Added)
 English Action Plan 2021-22.pdf
 English Progression Map.pdf 
 English Characteristics Grid (Reader).pdf
 English Characteristics Grid (Writer).pdf

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