English at Great Meols

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We aim to enable children to:

• read easily, fluently and with good understanding;

• acquire a wide vocabulary and gain an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language;

• write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences;

• use discussion in order to learn;

• elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas;

Great importance is placed on promoting the children’s love of books and encouraging them to be confident, independent readers. We use Collins Big Cat as our main reading scheme, which is supplemented with independent books and other schemes to help build understanding and comprehension. The main phonics programme in use is Letters and Sounds. This starts in Foundation 2 and runs throughout Key Stage 1 and (if needed) in early KS2. Reading is a fundamental part of everything we do at Great Meols. Children are exposed to high quality texts across the curriculum and reading skills are taught explicitly in all year groups. Each year group uses the Power of Reading schemes to ensure children are regularly exposed to high quality, age appropriate texts. Reading for pleasure is a cornerstone of our approach, with a well-stocked and well organised school library which children have regular access to.

Writing is taught through a range of exciting stimuli which includes books, film clips, artefacts, visitors and real life experiences. We strive to equip children to develop a rich vocabulary which can help them bring their writing to life. Basic skills and non-negotiables underpin writing in all areas of the curriculum. Teachers model the writing process and demonstrate the ambitious high standards expected of all children.