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An introduction from our English Lead - Mrs Rossiter (Riley Class)

At Longlands, we believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge base in English, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We understand that having a secure foundation in English skills is crucial to a high-quality education, where children are provided with the tools they need to engage fully in society. Teachers strive to ensure that the children will develop a love of English, where our pupils will be capable readers, writers, spellers and speakers. We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening, so that they convey their ideas fluently and accurately and use discussion to communicate and further their learning.

 

Our intention at Longlands is that children, from EYFS to Year 6, will develop a natural love of reading, so that they gain an appreciation of reading widely and often. Our aim is to equip new parents, in EYFS, with the knowledge that will help them to understand how their children learn how to read and write, so that they can support their early phonics learning at home too. Our aim is to encourage the children to build on their early learning, so that they read for pleasure. We understand the need for children to read books which are at the appropriate level, thus the children’s comprehension skills will be advanced further through class reading, our reading scheme and the school library. Our belief is that carefully selected literature is vital to the development of young writers and therefore we use a variety of text types to help the children shape their writing.

 

As a school, we recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. A Longlands’ child is able to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. To be able to do this effectively, pupils focus on developing transcription and composition. The aim is that they develop an awareness of the audience, purpose and context, cross-curricular and have an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar across all of the subjects.

 

At Longlands, we take pride in our aim to highly promote all aspects of English. We celebrate children's achievements in their creative writing and presentation skills in class and in our Achievements Assemblies. We take pleasure in encouraging reading and writing across the school by including extra activities, such as writing competitions, author book days, book fairs, World Book Day and weekly awards.

Reading

We cannot stress enough the importance of younger children reading out loud every day and for older children to read every day for at least 20 minutes.

Reading helps to develop spelling, grammar, fluency, extends vocabulary and provides ideas for writing.

We are very excited about building on our use of Accelerated Reader, which gives the children the opportunity to read books at an appropriate level and checks on their understanding (by way of a quiz) before they move on to a new book.

What is Accelerated Reader all about? Check out the Parent PPT below to find out:

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