Teaching of English

Over the last few years we have been working hard to improve standards in writing throughout the school and the display work that you may see in corridors and classrooms shows just how far we have come. Our new focus is reading and making sure that children are able to access a variety of texts as well being able to answer questions about them. To achieve our aim, we are focusing on teaching reading for a longer time each day and making sure all reading activities are comprehension based. We are also promoting and encouraging reading during different times in the school day so children recognise that reading skills are transferable. In writing, grammar and punctuation are continuing to be taught explicitly. Vocabulary will also be developed by providing the children with new and exciting words.

We would welcome your support in helping us develop a reading culture in our school. Phonics is taught throughout the school to help children sound their words out. We have ordered a new reading test, which will provide the teachers and parents with their child’s reading age.  

Guided reading is taught each morning for 30 minutes, this is a opportunity for teachers to sit with a group of children and teach them explicit reading and comprehension skills. The teacher will sit with a different group each day while others take part in other reading based activities such as phonics skills or comprehension tasks.

Phonics is taught in KS1 and 2 to help the children develop their knowledge of different sounds. It is taught for 20 minutes in KS1 and wherever necessary in KS2. The government document ‘Letters and sounds’ is used to teach phonics. It is split into 6 different phases which help the children understand and use different sounds.

 

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Books are sent home twice a week and children will also have the opportunity to bring a library book home once a week. We are encouraging the children to read a range of fiction and non fiction books. Results show that boys do not attain as well as girls in English therefore we are trying to encourage our boys to read newspapers and comics that interest them. It is important that your child shares a book with you and reads to you each day. Could you please complete the reading-record book? This can be a small comment, an initial or just a smiley face.   

We are excited to announce that we have organised a new library service for our school.  Hounslow Library Service will provide boxes of books that are linked to the wide variety of topics being taught to each class termly. This will allow children to have access to many more materials that are current and relevant and will be used in a variety of ways.  Although the service comes at a cost, we firmly believe that anything that can be done to improve the learning and enjoyment of reading for our pupils is paramount.

If any parents would be interested in reading with children please contact the school office with your details and availability.

Handwriting is taught through the Nelson scheme of work. The scheme helps children to form letters correctly and then join them up. Children should be thinking about their handwriting and presentation when writing in any book, including their homework book. When a child can join their letters correctly they will be given a ‘pen license’ and this is celebrated in assembly every term. This means that they can write with pen in all their lessons. If children are struggling with their handwriting, they will given handwriting homework.

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Spellings will be sent home each week, and the children will be tested once a week. Children should be encouraged to use the spellings in sentences, because this will also help their comprehension skills and increase their vocabulary.

EAL, SEN and G&T children are catered for in each classroom. Teachers differentiate the work and provide resources that the children can touch and see to help their learning. EAL children are sometimes taught in small groups, in the afternoons to particularly help them with their speaking and listening skills.

Our connected Curriculum is currently being used by hundreds of primary schools across the UK as a planning tool to address the agenda of curriculum re-design. It continues to enable us to deliver a curriculum which is effective and relevant to our learners whilst ensuring that the coverage of life skills is met.  It provides a tool to layer in the schools personal needs as well as juggle targeting transferable skills through subject definition and cross curricular studies.

We are now lucky enough to have a governor linked with English; she will be visiting the school and watching the teaching of English. She will be ensuring that the school is providing a language rich environment throughout the school.

The New Year 2017 promises to be an exciting one for the children at John Perryn Primary School.  With a new library service, a revised and extended guided reading time, reading competitions and much more we hope that the reading and writing culture in our school will continue to flourish giving our children the best opportunities for their futures as we can.

Thank you for your continued support of your children and John Perryn School.