English at Mount Street
English is recognised as fundamental to the progress of a child. We teach skills to develop speaking, listening, reading and writing- including grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting.
Phonics for reading
For KS1 and some KS2 children are taught daily phonics for 20 minutes using the SFA (success for all) programme. This focuses on discrete phonic teaching of sounds; encouraging children to break words down into the individual sounds and enables children to read and write individual words and phrases.
We recognise the importance of literacy in our lives. Our pupils need to develop the ability to read fluently with confidence, understanding and pleasure for the following reasons:
Reading is a source of pleasure that should be available to all children.
A range of exciting texts are carefully chosen to engage and enrich the children’s learning experience.
In writing, we teach children how to write words through spelling activities and then to form sentences. We teach grammar, punctuation and spelling in discrete sessions but also as part of the English lesson. We look at a variety of genres and use all opportunities for writing across the curriculum to embed skills and enhance learning.
In other subjects English skills are a priority.
- We TALK about reading and writing.
- Role play and storytelling
- ‘BORROW’ or ‘magpie’ exciting words (WOW words) and phrases from other authors.
- We use TRIPS and VISITORS to stimulate writing
- Edit their own writing and find ways to make it better. We call this ‘UP LEVELLING’