English has a leading place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, children have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. We draw from a wide range of reading schemes, all arranged by colour bands to ensure progression and depth of text throughout KS1 and into KS2.
At Roundwood, our aim is not only to equip children with the skills to read with confidence and fluency but to foster a genuine love of reading for pleasure. We want our pupils to become avid readers who are enthusiastic about literature. All children are encouraged to take books home and practice and reinforce the skills taught at school. We teach a novel-based English curriculum and feel that the link between reading and writing is significant in developing a child’s English skills. We hold regular inter-house competitions related to home reading and celebrate reading weekly in our “Book of the Week” assembly.
Drama and speaking and listening play a fundamental role within our teaching of English. In order to promote the importance of the spoken word, we study famous plays; including holding a Shakespeare week, we work towards a number of productions and we host an annual Speech Cup where children are given the opportunity to plan and present a presentation of their choice.
We believe that children’s writing should have a purpose and encourage children to see themselves as authors, publishing their work. We use a scheme called “Rising Stars in Spelling” to teach our children the skills in order to tackle spelling visually, phonetically and through games.