English encompasses the areas of speaking and listening, reading, writing and spelling, grammar and handwriting. At Banks Road we want our pupils to be confident and competent in these areas so that they can communicate effectively with others, express themselves creatively and imaginatively, appreciate other people’s writing, develop critical awareness and be able to express preferences based on informed judgements.
High quality English is not explicit to English lessons, instead it is at the heart of our curriculum.
How Reading is Taught
Reading is taught through systematic synthetic phonics within EYFS and Key Stage 1, using 'Story Time Phonics' to embed Letters and Sounds. The children are taught in groups reflecting the phase of the phonics programme that they are currently working within.This is one of a number of strategies used to enable pupils to learn to read successfully. Both Key Stages One and Two they have daily Guided Reading sessions. The children have access to a wide range of high quality reading books.
We expect all parents to read to and listen to their child read at home as often as possible.
We believe that children learn best when provided with a range of opportunities and skills for writing across the curriculum. A wide range of stimuli: from pictures, music, high quality texts, discussion and video clips are used to support the development of the children's writing across a range of different text types and curriculum areas.
Pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 are taught English for at least one hour each day.
Lessons focus on the 12 core strands:
Speaking and Listening
- Listening and responding
- Group discussion and interaction
- Word recognition
- Word structure and spelling
- Understanding and interpreting texts
- Engaging and responding to texts
- Creating and shaping texts
- Text structure and organisation
- Grammar and punctuation
Back to school Tutoring
The school is working in partnership with JM Education to deliver a programme designed to support you in helping your child with their homework. The programme will begin in the week commencing 6/11/17 and will continue until February. On completion of this programme you will receive a government recognised certificate in either Maths or English Functional Skills L1 or L2.
The first session is on Wednesday 8th November from 9:11 to 11:45 and each following Wednesday.
If you would like to go back to school Please contact the school office to book a place.