"Writing floats on a sea of talk..."
English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.
The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
At Gunness and Burringham C of E Primary School, we use engaging texts, animated tales and films to engage children in their writing whilst producing high quality writing through well-structured, modeled lessons.
The whole school has access to a high quality reading scheme from Foundation all of the way up to Year 6 with a range of engaging texts of different genres.
Reading is taught across the school through phonics sessions in Foundation and KS1 and through guided comprehension sessions in KS2.
Phonics is taught through the Read, Write, Inc Programme in Foundation and KS1 and the Spelling Shed is used across the school to support spelling.