At St Teath C.P. School, we believe that English should be taught through a cross-curricular approach.
Much of our reading and writing is initiated from the themes taught within each class. In this way, children can embed their learning and understanding of themes taught, and draw upon their increasing knowledge to inform their own written work.
Reading in the early years and KS1 is taught through the Read Write Inc scheme, using a range of resources and decodable books. The systematic approach to learning phonics is proven to allow children to make rapid progress when learning to read. Children in KS2 may also require additional phonics teaching, enabling them to access the school's reading scheme. Children are therefore grouped into groups which reflect the need of the individual.
Children progress from Read Write Inc, onto the Accelerated Reader scheme, which allows teachers to monitor the reading development and practices of pupils, and provides tools to quickly ascertain their reading level, reading age and comprehension level. The programme encourages pupils to read independently and more importantly at their own pace and level.
A wide range of writing genres are studied in both Key Stages and an appreciation of reading is considered integral to children's understanding of how texts are written. We encourage a love of reading, both in school and at home and expect our children to read regularly to develop their own love of the written word. Teachers work through a range of high quality texts of a cross-curricular nature. Sharing stories is also a focus.
At St Teath C.P. School, we are developing our performing arts and debating skills and hope that all children will develop the confidence to perform as eloquent orators.
We provide our pupils with opportunities to develop their spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary. We do this through teaching English as a subject in its own right and as an integral part of the teaching of every subject.
We intend to provide our pupils with a high-quality education in English, which will teach them to speak and write fluently in order to communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and to read and listen competently so that others can communicate with them. Our aim is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word. We want children to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for both enjoyment and learning.