So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”
At Allen Edwards we believe in a creative and inspiring approach to English. We are passionate about creating a rich literature diet which will create aspirations and engagement for all our pupils.
We achieve this through:
Key Stage 1
Our children are taught phonics through the Letters and sounds guidelines. In year 1 all children complete a phonic screening test. We offer parents phonic workshops during the year to support the teaching of phonics at home. We adopt a creative and kinaesthetic approach to the teaching of phonics. All our lessons follow the following structure:
Revise previous learning of the letter/s-sound correspondences from previous or current phase.
Introduce new learning of ‘next’ letter/s-sound correspondence/tricky words in current phase.
Practise the three skills of blending, segmenting and letter formation at word level.
Extend to sentence level and text level
Spelling, punctuation, handwriting and grammar are important parts of the new national curriculum and are tested at the end of year 6.
We use an interactive, visual and exciting scheme called Penpals. Improving handwriting skills is a focus in our school as it impacts on pleasure, presentation and speed.
Speaking and Listening at Allen Edwards
These skills are developed in a variety of settings and throughout all curriculum areas to encourage communication in purposeful, clear and orderly dialogue, that is appropriate for a range of occasions and purposes, and which invites careful, sympathetic and responsive listening. Communication is one of our whole school drivers and this is an area that we ensure remains a priority throughout the curriculum.
As children learn to talk by talking, so they learn to read by reading. We aim to give children the opportunity to view reading as an intensely enjoyable and exciting experience. We do this by:
Writing at Allen Edwards
We aim to provide children with the understanding and skills they require to become independent writers. We teach children to write in a variety of genre and contexts.
We aim to develop children’s creativity, imagination, vocabulary, spelling and handwriting through the teaching of writing. We do this by:
All classes are equipped with materials appropriate to the children’s age and interests. The materials available are chosen to motivate and stimulate children.