The English National Curriculum consists of the following 4 main areas:
Spoken Language (speaking and listening)
Reading (word reading and comprehension)
Writing (transcription and composition)
Vocabulary, punctuation and grammar
At Egerton these areas are taught within discrete daily Literacy lessons as well as across a range of curriculum subjects through topic based teaching.
Children are taught to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their listening others can communicate with them. Literature plays an important role in our teaching of English as many units of work are centred around one specific book or author. This approach not only allows the children to carry out an in-depth study but also gives them the opportunity to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.
Across the school reading is taught through individual and grouped reading sessions. Within EYFS and Key Stage 1 (and Key Stage 2 when necessary) phonics is taught daily through the process of Review, Teach, Practice and Apply. Phonics sessions follow the objectives of the new National Curriculum and are also supported by the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. In Key Stage 2 daily guided reading sessions are carried out which involves the children taking part in discussions, answering comprehension questions and reading aloud. These can be adult supported or independent activities. In addition to reading sessions within the school day we promote wider reading through the use of the school and local library as well as through reading homework.
To develop the children’s stamina and skills to write at length and use accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar, they are exposed to a variety of genres and text types. Writing tasks have a clear audience and purpose in which children are challenged to adapt their use of language and style of writing to create high quality, original and imaginative texts.
This teaching of English at Egerton aims to provide children with a clear understanding of the spoken and written word as well as develop a life-long enjoyment of reading.