At Laleham, we recognise and place great value in the quality teaching of English. Our aim is to ensure that the children in our care have access to a creative, enjoyable and engaging English curriculum that enables them to develop skills in all key areas of language and communication including reading, speaking, listening, writing and phonics.
Our English curriculum covers all areas of the national curriculum.
As the children progress through the school, they receive a rich and varied curriculum, due to high-quality teaching, careful assessment of learning, our rich curriculum.
At Laleham C of E Primary School, we endeavour to create a love for literacy. We want every child to leave us with the confidence and ability to write with fluency and have an author’s voice, to think about the purpose and impact of their writing, to draw on a wide range of vocabulary and to be confident to use adventurous spoken and written language.
We equip our pupils with the skills needed to plan and organise writing to effectively suit the genre in which they are writing, and ensure that all pupils take pride in their work through care and attention to presentation, spelling, grammar and punctuation. We advocate learning from mistakes and reflecting on how we have progressed, with a focus on re-reading and editing writing. Pupils are encouraged to make improvements in order to produce writing to the best of their ability.
At Laleham we value reading as a key life skill. We are dedicated to ensuring that all pupils are equipped with the skills and knowledge to read and comprehend what they have read. We believe the active encouragement of reading for pleasure should be a core part of every child’s educational entitlement, whatever their background or attainment, as extensive reading and exposure to a wide range of texts make a huge contribution to students’ educational achievement and as a result we place reading and books at the centre of the curriculum.
Throughout the school, each classroom has a dedicated book corner and display as well as our school library where children can choose to read a wide range of quality stories, plays, and poetry and information books.
In the Foundation Stage we establish a language-rich environment and model and share reading with the children, demonstrating that it is an active part in the process of constructing meaning. We discuss how texts are structured, how to use book language and learn about the rhythm and expression needed for reading aloud. Our aim is to build on and extend children’s understanding of language so that they develop early reading skills and most importantly a love of books. The love of reading is nurtured throughout the school. In Reception, children are given a reading buddy from year 4 with whom they read a variety of stories together each week.
Across the school, pupils take part in daily individual small group or whole class guided reading sessions. During these they are supported in reading (decoding) and fully understanding the text (comprehension). Our pupils are given time to read text, discuss word meanings and think about the authors' word choices, as well as answering challenging questions and finding evidence from the text. We also have an emphasis on the acquisition of a full range of vocabulary and look for opportunities to introduce pupils to words which can be reinforced across the curriculum.
At Laleham children access the Jelly and Bean Reading Scheme in Reception. Key Stage 1 children access the Big Cat Collins reading scheme, which is tailored to complement the Letters and sounds phonics phase each child is working on. The children read a variety of books in each stage including traditional tales, nonfiction, plays and poetry.
Phonics as a method is a great way to learn to read as it simplifies the English language down into just 44 sounds. Children therefore 'decode' words by breaking it down into its sounds rather than having to memorise 1,000's of words individually. Research shows that phonics when taught correctly is one of the most effective ways of teaching children to learn to read. Sounds are taught from easiest to hardest: single letter sounds first then moving on to two letters making a sound and so on. Children are taught how to: recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes, identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make - such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’- and blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word. Learning phonics is one of the most important stepping stones in early reading. At Laleham we use Phonics Play as a scheme to support learning across the school.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG)
Children have always been taught how to use punctuation and how to spell but, with the implementation of the new primary curriculum, children are now expected to learn grammar from year 1 to year 6. In order for your child to reach the required level of knowledge, we teach SPaG through one dedicated lesson per week as well as always having a SPaG focus in each of our English lessons. The weekly homework spellings also link directly to the expectations of your child’s year group.
English Year Group Overviews