English is a central part of the curriculum: children learn not only the various aspects of subject – speaking, reading and writing – but it is also the medium of instruction in all other areas and thus underpins access to those subjects and progression within them.
At Raynham, we follow the National Curriculum for the teaching of English across the school. Children are explicitly taught the grammar of English, and through speaking, reading and writing, explore the subject in its many forms: fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama. Our aim is that Raynham children leave as confident speakers, readers and writers of English, and with a real interest in the subject. We teach English through:
At Raynham, we follow the Letters and Sounds programme. This enables children to develop alphabet recognition, pronunciation and clear articulation. Children begin to use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and unfamiliar words. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills with the aim of children becoming fluent readers.
In order for pupils to become confident, competent and fluent readers, guided reading lessons are taught daily with a focus of developing decoding skills, comprehension and reading for pleasure. Children are taught a full range of reading strategies (retrieval, inference, predicting summarising) through reading, analysing and evaluating a broad range of texts and reading material.
Writing forms an integral part of the curriculum. Writing is taught daily and addressed throughout the curriculum and children are given opportunities to write in different contexts and for different purposes and audiences. Raynham Primary follows the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach which has been developed by Pie Corbett. ‘Talk for Writing’ enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’ as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and confidently.
Spellings, Grammar and Punctuation (SPAG)
Grammar lessons are taught daily across the schools. Raynham uses ‘Spelling Shed’, an online spelling programme used to develop specific spelling rules each week. Handwriting is also taught weekly and children are taught a cursive style of handwriting which is practised and reinforced continuously and consistently.