“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai
At Abingdon Primary School, we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills and that it is our role, through the English curriculum, to teach our children the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language.
Children have English lessons, which cover reading, writing, GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) and speaking and listening.
- Learn how to read and write with fluency, understanding and confidence, developing a range of independent strategies to take responsibility for their own learning
- Be encouraged to develop a love of reading and to read for enjoyment
- Develop their ever-growing vocabulary, through an interest in words and their meanings
- Experience a range of text/media types and genres, across a range of contexts, to develop their understanding
- Learn to write in a variety of styles and be able to apply characteristic features of texts to their own writing
- Develop a technical vocabulary with understanding of grammatical terminology
- Learn how to apply grammatical terminology in their own writing
- Have the opportunity to write for pleasure; to explore and develop their own ideas
Teaching and Learning
All teachers throughout school are involved in the planning process to ensure that reading skills are carefully taught, building on prior knowledge and that children are encouraged to have a deep love and understanding of reading. During Literacy, whole class reading, guided reading, independent reading as well as other areas of the curriculum, children will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of high quality texts and are encouraged to respond and reflect on these. In Key Stage 1, Dandelion reading scheme books are used and followed to support children with early reading decoding. From starting school at the age of two, to when children leave at eleven, they are given a wide selection of books as gifts. We believe that developing home libraries as well as libraries in school, is just as important to develop a love of reading.
At Abingdon, we believe that broadening minds and experiences is important in developing children’s writing. The written word is developed through school trips, drama experiences, speaking and listening activities within a real life context which is so important to developing language and an understanding of stories, texts or topics. We use Power of Reading initiatives and utilise links with other curriculum areas, to teach explicit genre features in a carefully structured and sequenced approach to learning. Our writing always has a clear purpose, with carefully planned impact events, along with parent events for showcasing work throughout school.
#WickedWriters are chosen weekly, where writing showing great progress is celebrated throughout school.
As a whole school, we are committed to using the Sounds-Write (linguistics phonics) approach to assist the children from reception to year 3 to learn to read, write and spell independently, with accuracy, understanding and confidence.
Click here to view Sounds Write policy
Click HERE to view Year 1 English
Click HERE to view Year 2 English
Click HERE to view Year 3/4 English
Click HERE to view Year 5/6 English