The Glyn Learning Foundation

English

English at Danetree Primary School

English is at the heart of both education and our society. It is vital that pupils are taught to communicate their ideas and emotions effectively through the four strands of our curriculum: reading, writing, grammar and speaking and listening.

Reading

Reading is an incredibly important skill which is the foundation for children’s learning throughout their time at school.

Children begin their reading journey with us through the Read Write Inc Phonics scheme in the Early Years. They receive daily phonics sessions from Reception to Year 1, and are regularly assessed and grouped so that each pupil is supported and challenged at an appropriate level for their ability. In the summer term, the Year 1 children take the national Phonics Screening Check. 

Whilst children are still learning to decode (at word-reading level), it is essential that they are taught comprehension skills too. At Danetree, each year group receives whole-class reading lessons where a range of literature is discussed, dissected and explored. High-level, engaging texts are presented to the children and lively sessions promote the importance of reading for pleasure.

We are very lucky to have our fantastic Narnia-themed library, which every class from Nursery to Year 6 visit regularly to share stories and borrow books from our well-stocked shelves.

Writing

Throughout their time at Danetree, children are taught to write in a variety of genres. Within the Early Years setting, children are encouraged to begin making marks on paper, before learning correct letter formation and using their understanding of phonics to build words. As they move into Key Stage 1, the children build on their phonetic understanding to spell a wider range of words and to begin combining these words to form sentences, using their imaginations to start telling stories or recounting events.

In Key Stage 2, there is more focus on developing the child’s narrative voice by exposing them to a wealth of rich, inspiring texts. There is an emphasis on the audience and purpose for writing and encouraging children to adapt their writing accordingly. Throughout their learning journey, children build their skills before publishing their final independent piece.

Grammar

Often seen as the building blocks for writing, grammar is an essential part of the English Curriculum. Weekly discrete grammar lessons support the children in their grammatical understanding whilst teaching ensures that these objectives are interwoven into the writing learning journey so that children are given the chance to embed new concepts without dampening creativity.

Spelling

Daily spelling lessons are delivered following the Read Write Inc Spelling Scheme. Children are taught spelling rules and patterns through a range of activities. A school subscription to Spellodrome supports and enhances the Spelling Scheme in an engaging and interactive manner.

Speaking and Listening

The national curriculum for English reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing and our Curriculum reflects this. Teachers at Danetree have high expectations of vocabulary and pupils are required to explain their answers fully in all lessons. Drama opportunities not only support the children with their spoken language and ability to communicate to an audience, but is also used to inspire and shape their writing.