At Ayresome Primary School, we believe that English should be at the very heart of our curriculum. Our role is to ensure that children develop a love of reading, writing and discussion, so that they leave us being able to articulate themselves clearly, and to read and write confidently and effectively.
At Ayresome Primary School we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. We believe that phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier. Through phonics children learn to segment words to support their spelling ability and blend sounds to read words. The teaching of phonics is of high priority.
Spoken language is central to our curriculum, and speaking and listening skills are developed from EYFS throughout school, in all aspects and areas of school life. We celebrate the fact that our children come to us from a range of diverse backgrounds and cultures, whilst also ensuring that we enable them to develop their skills to express themselves clearly and confidently, in a safe and supportive environment.
Our aim is to enable all children to be effective communicators, who are able to use discussion to learn, to explain their ideas clearly, and to confidently participate in collaborative activities, discussions, presentations and debates. The acquisition of vocabulary is key in this, and we strive to exploit every opportunity to develop a broad, deep and rich vocabulary for all children.
At Ayresome Primary, ensuring that children are able to read fluently and with a high level of comprehension is our priority. We are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers, as we believe reading is the key to academic success. Children are given opportunities to practice and develop their reading skills throughout each day, as well as opportunities to discuss their understanding of what they have read. Children read to enhance their knowledge and understanding of all subjects on the curriculum, and communicate their knowledge and understanding to a wider audience.
Our aim is not only to ensure that all children can read fluently and accurately, but also to instil within them a genuine love of reading, and so we have placed quality children’s literature at the heart of learning. We have developed a whole school culture of reading for pleasure, and encourage all children to read widely across a range of quality texts: fiction and non-fiction, picture books and poetry.
From early mark making, right through to producing extended pieces of writing for a range of purposes and audiences, a quality text is chosen as the driver for our teaching of writing. We ensure, as far as possible, that the texts chosen for English link to the current topic, allowing the children to make links across the curriculum and to be fully immersed in a text.
Our aim is to ensure that our children leave us being able to write clearly and accurately, adapting their language and style for a range of contexts, ready to succeed as they continue into secondary education. To this end, teachers plan a range of engaging and creative writing opportunities to allow the children to enjoy the art of writing, showcasing their work in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to context, audience and purpose. The objectives of the National Curriculum are set out in our progression documents, and closely followed to ensure that the skills learned in spelling, punctuation and grammar are embedded and transferred into writing. All children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills across all areas of the curriculum.