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English at Ainderby

What do our children say about English?

“I like reading because it’s relaxing and when I am angry it can calm me down”

“Reading and writing helps me to learn about different things. I can find out about nature, history and different countries”

English Intent

The development of speech and a varied vocabulary is a key life skill. Competence in English enables children to communicate effectively at home, at school and in the wider world and leads to improved life opportunities. Throughout our school children are encouraged to speak and perform in front of an audience and so develop their confidence, clarity and fluency. The skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing enable children to organise and express their own thoughts and to access the knowledge and ideas of others.

English Implementation    

At Ainderby Steeple Primary School, reading is at the heart of all that we do. We encourage and support all children to read a variety of genres and authors in order that they become lifelong, avid readers and use adventurous vocabulary in their speech and their written work.

As spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing, we aim to foster exploratory talk and good listening skills. We follow the Early Years 2021 Curriculum and National Curriculum 2014 progression for English. Drama and role-play is often used in lessons to encourage creativity in writing including drama groups brought into school for performances. 

We have developed our curriculum to incorporate good-quality and engaging texts that interest and inspire readers. We would like Ainderby Steeple Primary children to be enthusiastic, independent and lively writers with an innate desire to read for pleasure. We use our cross-curricular topics to provide a platform for talk and deliver enriched activities for writing. Application of key literacy skills are therefore taught across all foundation subjects. Writing is celebrated and displayed in classrooms and around the school.

English Impact

We hope that our curriculum for literacy allows our children to become confident, enthusiastic readers and writers which can be applied to all areas of the curriculum and in their future development. We hope they will grow in their resilience and creativity and the ability to express their views and opinions.

Reading at Ainderby

Children have access to a wide range of reading books, both through the reading scheme and the school library where children can borrow both fiction and non-fiction books to take home. Children are read to at school with a whole class story and children are encouraged to read regularly at home with our weekly reading competition where they can win a book.  We ask parents and older children to record their reading at home in their home/school planner. Children that don't read regularly at home are encouraged to read in school. Children regularly complete comprehensions learning the different skills they need. We track progress through a termly PIRA assessment alongside ongoing formative assessment. 

Phonics at Ainderby

Children are introduced to phonics through letters and sounds and the actions from Jolly Phonics.  Children take home books based on the letters which they have learnt. The school has a mixture of reading schemes,  Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat and Rising Stars rocket phonics support our children to grow in confidence and develop a love of reading. They then move onto free choice from our school library as they become fluent readers. 

Click here for letters and sounds resources and activities.

Since the scheme we currently use has not yet been validated, we are currently in the process of resourcing and accessing training to introduce the 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds' Phonics scheme from September 22.  

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