We aim to continually inspire our children to learn and develop a life-long love for the English language, for reading, writing and communicating. We want to expose the children to a language rich environment; to give the children an abundance of words at their disposal so they can be explicit when sharing their thoughts, feelings, worries, ideas and opinions, thereby boosting every child's power of communication.
It is our intention to broaden our pupils horizons through a range of high-quality and engaging texts and media that support and promote a range of social, moral, spiritual and cultural experiences.
We aim to transport the children to new and exciting worlds where they can be inspired to become authors themselves who in turn will engage and inspire others.
English is taught daily with a further 30 minute personalised guided reading session from 9:10 - 9:40 every day for every class. This allows us to further develop our ethos as a reading school, where children are exposed to the joy of reading in various forms - from individual reading, shared reading, group reading and whole class guided reading sessions. We also have DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time throughout the terms. Our teachers plan and teach personalised English lessons. Specific grammatical topics link and feeds into the higher level literacy skills so that the foundation of a good English curriculum - the engagement with wonderful children's literature in several media - is genuinely at the heart of all our teaching.
Our implementation within each year group builds on prior learning and there is further personalisation for each class with the Take One Book week built into the English curriculum overview. This is when children help to lead the learning of English with choices made on the subject matter they are engaged and fascinated in, quality texts are chosen and reading and writing opportunities developed through that genre / text. This is along side the wide but balanced range of fiction, non-fiction and visual literacy running through each class.
Children have regular visits from authors who expose them further to a wide range of texts and the possibilities and opportunities writing can give.
English at All Saints' is key to engagement in the rest of the curriculum, to communication and to children's enjoyment of education. The successful approach to teaching and learning of English at All Saints’ results in a fun, engaging, high-quality English education. Children become life-long learners with a love for the written word, they become articulate and confident orators and communicators and writers with a wide choice of vocabulary and skills. Children are engaged with reading, writing, speaking and listening and look forward to reading new texts and discovering more new worlds.
We aim to instill a love of reading within all our children. From EYFS through to Year 6 we have Read, Write Inc, Project X and Oxford Reading Tree reading materials for both home and guided reading. These include fully phonically decodable books for all children accessing structured phonics, and phonically based texts for all early readers. Our PTFA have been extremely helpful in providing additional funds to support us in updating our reading materials and schemes. We will continue to develop home reading material throughout this academic year.
We buy into the Lancashire Library Services which provides every class with a rich variety of up-to-date texts for class libraries. We also have access to specific topic boxes that can support the wider curriculum, whole class guided reading, group-specific texts and reading for pleasure. We take part in the annual Fantastic Book Awards competition.
Once children are fluent and confident readers, we provide a wide range of longer novels, and more challenging texts, by a range of authors, for children to make 'free' choices from.
We have class libraries and a library within school which we encourage our children and their families to make use of. Our Year 5 and 6 children will act as librarians, guiding children in choices they make.