English has a pre-eminent place in education and society. It is a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding language provides access to the whole curriculum. Through being taught to write and speak fluently, pupils learn to communicate their ideas and emotions to others; through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, spiritually and socially. Literature especially, plays a key role in such development. All the skills of language are essential in participating fully as a member of society. Brighton Avenue Primary School is an inclusive school. The prime aim of our school is to give each of our children the opportunity to develop their own potential through knowledge, experience, understanding and awareness of good moral values. We feel that this can best be achieved by laying the foundations of a balanced education. Please find below everything you will need to know about the teaching of English at Brighton Avenue Primary School.
The purpose of English education is to offer pupils intellectual excitement and challenge; to provide them with a sense of delight and wonder; to equip them with knowledge and skills and the ability and confidence to use and apply these to meet the needs of present and future society. Brighton Avenue Primary School will promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word, and develop a love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
At Brighton Avenue Primary School we aim to encourage children to:
• speak fluently and listen with attention and understanding;
• read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding;
• be able to use a full range of reading cues (phonic, graphic, syntactic, contextual) to monitor their reading and correct their own mistakes;
• understand the phonics and spelling system and use this to read and spell accurately;
• have fluent and legible handwriting;
• have an interest in words and their meanings, an understanding of grammar and a growing vocabulary;
• know, understand and be able to write in a range of genres in fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
• plan, draft, revise and edit their own writing;
• take part in their learning progress and be proactive in addressing their next targets
• have a suitable technical vocabulary for English through which to understand, discuss their reading, writing;
• develop the habit of reading widely and often, appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage, read with enjoyment and evaluate and justify their preferences;
• through reading and writing, develop their powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
All children have a statutory entitlement to access to the Programmes of Study for English as set out in the National Curriculum 2014: