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English

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. Children can develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually by being exposed to a variety of texts from around the world.

Children at Alma Primary learn through speaking, listening, drama, phonics, shared and independent reading and writing. All the skills learnt through the English language and literature are essential to a child’s development, enabling them to participate fully as a member of society both now and through their journey into adulthood.

We want our children to:

  • Read fluently and confidently.
  • Develop a love of reading and writing.
  • Use their imagination to “get lost” in a book.
  • Think creatively and critically, inferring and deducing from a given text, challenging themselves and others, predicting what might happen next.
  • Be able to discuss a text and share their thoughts and ideas about it.
  • Communicate ideas effectively in their writing through a range of text types.
  • Write imaginatively and creatively with the purpose and audience in mind.
  • Have a love of language and enjoy using exciting and interesting vocabulary in their writing and speech.
  • Communicate effectively through speech to different people.
  • Develop research skills by using texts and online resources.
  • Spell the words that are statutory for their age and appropriate for their level of learning
  • Form legible handwriting progressing to a clear and fluent cursive style.

In the EYFS, ‘Literacy’ is taught through reading and writing in a much broader learning context. Literacy includes talking about books, print in the environment, early mark making and writing as well as sharing books and reading. This also involves developing fine motor skills and pencil grip. Children can learn through writing their letters in chalk, corn flour, water or by using big brush strokes to form letters when painting. They can learn to read through phonics lessons, enjoying audio books, singing nursery rhymes and drama and role-play. Phonics continues into Years 1 and 2 and throughout the school as children learn to decode and blend unfamiliar words. We use the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme to support children in learning phonics. 

In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, children have SPaG lessons (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) sessions in addition to guided reading and writing. The children also use these skills throughout all areas of their learning, for example: writing up an experiment in a science session. Children are encouraged to write using a range of fiction and non-fiction genres such as: narrative, non-chronological report, diary entries, letters, explanation texts, persuasive texts, biographies, instructions, poetry, plays and many more.

As part of our support for reading we use a number of reading schemes including Pearson's Bug Club and Oxford Reading Tree.