Grazeley Parochial CE (Aided) Primary School

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English

At  Grazeley Primary School, we believe that a secure basis in English skills is crucial to a high-quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as members of society.

English

AtGrazeleyPrimary School, we believe that a secure basis in English skills is crucial to a high-quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as members of society.  

We teach a quality English curriculum that engages and enthuses learners and develops children’s love of reading, writing and discussion.  We foster a positive attitude towards communication ensuring that our children can independently express their emotions and ideas.  

Children become avid readers, reading fluently and widely. They read for pleasure, having had access to a wide range of text types, genres and authors, and make informed opinions about their favourites, as well as developing the reading resilience necessary to confidently approach the more difficult texts they will meet in the future. 

Children write with confidence and accuracy for a variety of purposes and audiences.  We ensure they have the skills and knowledge necessary to write with grammatical accuracy and apply spelling patterns correctly using neat handwriting, whilst developing their own individual writing style and flair. 

Through our concept-based curriculum, we expose our children to a wide range of vocabulary. They develop an understanding of etymology so that they able to decipher new words and then use them appropriately in both formal and informal situations. With this context to their learning, children are able to understand the value of English to them now, and in their futures. 

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” Tom Schulman

English Skills and Progression

Detail to come soon…

Phonics

Grazeley Primary School teaches a synthetic phonics approach using the phonics part of the “Read Write Inc” scheme.

Children are taught in small groups across the school by both teachers and trained teaching assistants to ensure children are able to build on previous learning and progress at the appropriate rate.

Please watch the video opposite to see how each phoneme should be pronounced.

Handwriting Formation

We teach handwriting using a cursive handwriting font encouraging children to be able to join their letters more easily as they become more confident writers. The connectivity of a simple cursive style is faster to write than the stop and start strokes of printing and increases continuity and fluidity in writing. In addition, some printed letters look similar and are easily reversed, like the ‘b’ and  ‘d’, which is often confusing to children. This is of particular value to children with learning challenges like Dyslexia and A.D.H.D.

Although this can initially seem challenging to younger children as they learn to read and write letters and words, they reap huge benefits later. If you would like to learn how to write each letter using our cursive script please download the powerpoint below and watch how each letter is formed. 

 

Reading

Children are taught to read using a combination of phonics development, learning to recognise sight vocabulary (tricky words such as the, is, to etc) and strategies to help children to understand what they are reading and discuss meaning.  This is mainly taught through “guided reading” where children work in small groups with an adult developing their reading skills with children at a similar developmental level, guided by the adult.

A range of books from different schemes are used to ensure the children experience a variety of genres and authors.

Parental support is vital in helping your child learn to read. Please look out for Reading workshops or download the resources from our workshops section of the website. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask your child’s class teacher. 

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Children are taught to read using a combination of phonics development, learning to recognise sight vocabulary (tricky words such as the, is, to etc) and strategies to help children to understand what they are reading and discuss meaning.  This is mainly taught through “guided reading” where children work in small groups with an adult developing their reading skills with children at a similar developmental level, guided by the adult.

A range of books from different schemes are used to ensure the children experience a variety of genres and authors.

Parental support is vital in helping your child learn to read. Please look out for Reading workshops or download the resources from our workshops section of the website. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask your child’s class teacher.