Subject: English

Learning to read fluently, to write confidently and to express oneself orally are essential skills that underpin all other learning. At De Lacy, we believe that these basic skills are our children’s passport for future education, training and employment. This is reflected in the time we devote to developing language skills and the funding we have invested to support underachievement in language and literacy.

Throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, we use letters and sounds as the framework for our phonics teaching. Phonics Play and Jolly Phonics are used to enhance the teaching of phonics and allow all pupils to access the programme. We use a range of games, interactive resources and teaching tools to engage, stimulate and support learners at each phase.

Our children access a wide range of texts through our whole school reading strategy. Our primary aim is that all children develop a love of reading. Every child in school learns to read for pleasure, productivity and purpose. We begin ‘Reading for Purpose’ in Reception in small groups. In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, we progress to whole class reading sessions to further develop their reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Writing is taught through a high quality, age appropriate text. Children are exposed to different text types throughout the year and gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. In every unit of work, children have the opportunity to develop their oracy skills through shared discussion before applying this in their writing. Our children are persistently encouraged to edit and improve their work, thus building resilience. Finally, every child in our school reads and analyses poetry to enhance their understanding of culture, values and the world around them.