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English at Buckingham Park

Our principal aim, in English, is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding within a cross curricular and creative programme of Speaking and  Listening, Reading and Writing.

We aim to achieve this by providing each child with the opportunity to communicate their thoughts and ideas effectively and participate enthusiastically through speech which will enable them to be able to produce quality pieces of writing which accurately convey the intended meaning. By providing opportunities for the children to read a variety of quality texts of different genres and themes we endeavour to create enthusiastic, responsive and habitual readers.

At Buckingham Park school we strive for children to be a ‘Primary Literate Pupil’.  Our teaching will enable the children to:

  • Read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct.
  • Have an interest in books and read for enjoyment.
  • Have an interest in words, their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms.
  • Understand a range of text types and genres – be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation.
  • Be developing the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
  • Have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.

Approaches to Reading

All children have access to a range of rich, quality texts. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One will follow a ‘book banded’ reading scheme.  This is made up from a mixture of reading Scheme texts and quality picture books.  Furthermore, children are free to borrow books from their class book corners as well as the school library.

Children will experience shared, whole class reading sessions plus weekly guided reading sessions, either in a pair or small group. Children will be heard reading independently by the class teacher as and when it is needed.

Phonics is taught daily in EYFS, Y1 and Y2 classes for at least 20 minutes. We use the Read, Write, Inc programme. 

Parents and carers are expected to hear their children read daily. Key words must also be rehearsed daily until all words have been learned. Reading diaries are used throughout the school. These are used as a form of communication between parents/carers, the children and the school. Parents are also encouraged to have a story time session at bedtime – a special time that is purely for the child’s enjoyment and a time to talk about stories or indeed make up their own.  We believe that hearing quality stories is as important to a child’s development as the process of learning to read itself.

Regular book fairs and an annual celebration of ‘World Book Day’ further enhance the status of reading.

Approaches to Writing

In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One spelling is taught through the Read, Write, Inc phonics programme. In Key Stage Two, when children are ready, a separate spelling programme is delivered in addition to the teaching of phonics.

Throughout the whole school, children are able to access quality writing resources daily, during independent learning sessions and whole class English sessions.  Children are able to work collaboratively with their peers or individually.  Independent writing is celebrated and displayed within the classrooms.