English has an important place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English teaches pupils to speak, read and write fluently. This helps them communicate their ideas and emotions to others and allows others to communicate with them. Reading also allows pupils to develop in other ways. These may be cultural, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual.
We all need language skills to participate fully in society. At Brede we encourage a wide range of speaking and listening activities. These help children to build confidence and self-esteem. They use their English skills across the curriculum. We develop creativity in writing by using a range of starting points and stimuli.
Reading enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they know. Children in Key Stage One have daily phonics sessions to learn how to decode text. We then use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme to teach wider reading skills. At the end of Year One, teaching staff carry out statutory phonics screening. Parents receive these results in the end of year reports.
We want children to read for pleasure and to read at home. This encourages rapid progress. They learn to read fluently and understand extended prose (both fiction and non-fiction).
Our pupils write independently and apply their skills across the curriculum. Each Learning Journey has a writing task which builds up over a number of weeks. Children become familiar with a text and practise new skills before applying them.
Children learn how to write well-structured descriptions and explanations. They develop their understanding through reasoning and exploring ideas. This enables them to clarify their thinking and organise their ideas for writing.
Children practise writing at length. We encourage accurate spelling, punctuation and good grammar. They should build on what they have learned to expand the range of their writing and the variety of the grammar they use.
Find out what each class is learning in our English curriculum overview.
Find out how we teach Phonics.