It is our intent at Horton Kirby CE Primary School to provide pupils with the knowledge and skills that will enable pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively. We will aim to give pupils a long term appreciation of written and spoken language within our school community and the wider world.
In English, both written and spoken language are a crucial part of our curriculum. All children from Early Years Foundation Stage to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply written and spoken skills across a broad and diverse curriculum.
In the teaching of Writing, skills are built progressively throughout the school in order to embed learning in long-term memory. Pupils are taught to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. We will also increase children’s awareness and use of vocabulary through the provision of language-rich learning experiences, teach them to develop an awareness of the audience, purpose and context of their writing and encourage them to use an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. Pupils will leave school being able to use fluent, legible and speedy handwriting. Writing themes are carefully chosen to be exciting and stimulating for the children.
For Spelling, children begin by learning to spell phonetically and these skills are built on as teachers show pupils how to understand the relationships between words, how to understand nuances in meaning, and how to develop their understanding of, and ability to use, figurative language. They will also teach pupils how to work out and clarify the meanings of unknown words and words with more than one meaning. Pupils will be taught to control their speaking and writing consciously and to use Standard English.
In Spoken Language, staff aim to be role models of correct spoken language, to develop children’s vocabulary by modelling and encouraging the use of synonyms and draw on texts read within class as a way to explore and collect effective language and extend vocabulary. Children will be provided with opportunities to orally rehearse and present their ideas to different audiences
Interventions, support and challenges are constantly revised and adapted to ensure all children are supported in achieving learning. The above areas are robustly and continuously monitored to ensure any gaps in learning are addressed.
Through the above approaches we aim to see:
- Children, who are imaginative, creative, independent, inquisitive, inquiring and confident writers.
- Children with a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards writing, which will nurture a life-long love of writing.
- Children who can develop into confident, articulate speakers who are able to express themselves and their ideas clearly.