English

We aspire to provide an environment where children can learn to communicate effectively and with enjoyment through spoken, printed and written English.

Reading

At Bean we aim to foster a lifelong love of reading. We take a positive approach using a variety of techniques and materials including the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics scheme. As the children progress through the early stages of reading they will develop fluency and understanding. In addition to individual reading at home and school, regular ‘Guided Reading’ sessions take place where children are supported in small groups. They are encouraged to read and discuss a variety of texts developing their comprehension skills and enjoyment of reading.

Writing

The children learn to write for a range of purposes with accurate spelling and syntax. Opportunities to write include composing stories, poetry, instructions, letter writing, biographies and reports. Our cross curricular approach to learning promotes the use of written language across all subject areas. Spelling, grammar and punctuation are taught systematically throughout the school. Writing is developed from mark-making and experimental efforts in KS1, to revising and redrafting work for meaning and clarity in KS2. A high standard of presentation is expected across the school. A cursive handwriting style is taught in KS1 and fluency is developed in KS2.

Speaking and Listening

We aim to build upon the language skills that children bring into school with them. Children will develop their speech learning the appropriate form for different audiences and occasions. Spoken English has a greater emphasis in the 2014 curriculum, and children are actively encouraged to share their thoughts verbally before they put their ideas into writing. Children will have opportunities to express feelings and emotions through speaking. They will also discuss, debate and relate events in order to become confident speakers and listeners.

 

From Term 2 (2017), we shall be changing the way we teach literacy in KS1.

The children will now be taught as a whole class by their class teacher. We will continue to follow the current Read, Write, Inc. scheme for the phonics part of the lesson, but the children will then be taught in their classes for the rest of the literacy lesson.  This should help us to continue to promote the children's phonic skills, but also help to improve reading as well as their writing skills and presentation, an area of development for the school this year.

 

Your child will continue to receive weekly spellings to learn. These will be given out on a Friday and tested the following Friday.