English has an important place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.
Reading enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society. At Brede we encourage a wide range of speaking and listening activities to help children to build confidence and self-esteem. We use English skills across the curriculum and encourage and develop creativity in writing by using a range of starting points and stimuli.
Children in Key Stage One are taught to read with daily phonics sessions. Once early decoding skills are mastered, the children move on to the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. At the end of Year One children are screened in line with statutory phonics testing arrangements and the results are reported in the end of year reports to parents.
Children are taught to write well-structured descriptions and explanations and develop their understanding through speculating and exploring ideas. This enables them to clarify their thinking as well as organise their ideas for writing.
Children are taught to read fluently, understand extended prose (both fiction and non-fiction) and be encouraged to read for pleasure. We set ambitious expectations for reading at home to encourage rapid progress. We teach children to develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling, punctuation and good grammar. They should build on what they have been taught to expand the range of their writing and the variety of the grammar they use.
Children are encouraged to write independently and apply their skills across the curriculum. Each Learning Journey has a planned written outcome which builds up over a number of weeks allowing children to familiarise themselves with the text and practise new skills before applying them.