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English at Grove Primary School

2019-2020

 

Our Rationale 2019/20

 

At Grove Primary School and Nursery, we are confident writers and skilled readers!

We want our pupils to love English. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be journalists, authors, librarians, editors, lawyers, or social media managers! We want them to embody our core values and be imaginative. We want to develop effective communicators using the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

 

We all believe that we can: “Bring Out the Best in Everyone”.

 

The English curriculum has been carefully crafted so that our children develop their literary capital. We want our children to remember their English lessons in our school, to cherish these memories and embrace the opportunities they are presented with!

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Grove Primary School and Nursery

 

Guided Reading

Children will have the opportunity to read every day in school with dedicated reading lessons. In Guided Reading lessons, children will be supported by an adult who will discuss the text and promote questioning to allow children to develop a better understanding of the text they are reading. They will then complete a follow up activity related to the text. In Years 4, 5 and 6, the children are following a programme called 'Project X Comprehension Express'. This programme is a whole-class teaching set-up taught in year groups and it teaches 10 essential comprehension strategies, know as 'Expert Tips'. The children are given lots of opportunities to put these skills into practice through discussion with a partner, group activities and application to questions.

 

 

A Word of Caution!

You won't be doing your child any favours if you rush them through books. It is not a race, it is a journey! Children learn at different rates just as they learn to walk, dress themselves etc. at different rates. Reading must not be treated as a competition. If children are rushed through the books, they will not achieve the enjoyment and understanding necessary. Books that they find too difficult will soon put them off reading!

 

Things to Remember

Do hear your child read every day.

Little and often is more beneficial than a long session once a week.

Think about how long you are reading for - the amount of reading time shouldn’t exceed your child’s span of attention.

Pick your timing carefully - it’s best not to embark on a reading session when your child is tired.

Every child is an individual - try not to compare your child’s progress with other children or with brothers and sisters.

“Parents can instill a love of reading long before a child goes to school and deepen that love of reading as the child grows up.”

 

Enjoy reading with your child and help them become lifelong readers.

 

Writing

Children begin their writing journey in Nursery and Reception with 'mark-making' opportunities. Children are set individual targets that enable them to develop their motor skills and become confident writers at their own pace. 

As they get older, children are given opportunities to create pieces of writing that link to a text. Each writing task is linked to the Punctuation and Grammar skills that the children are investigating. Our children are encouraged to check, edit and improve their own work. This process enables them to become reflective and resilient learners.

Helping your child to read at home

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