At Woodland View Primary we consider learning to be an adventure. Through real experiences and creative teaching approaches we want children to achieve their full potential. We aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong spoken and written word. We want to develop their love of literature and an enjoyment of reading.
Within English, we teach writing, reading, grammar, vocabulary and spelling, as well as working on developing oracy.
Our focus has been on improving children’s planning this year in order to improve writing. Speaking (oracy) is used to develop our writing and children write about a wide range of subjects in a variety of text types. Children write in subjects across the curriculum, including science and topic.
Children read from high quality texts in whole class reading sessions. Each lesson has a statement with which the children can ‘Agree, Build, Challenge’ using evidence from the text. Vocabulary questions are included and children are able to answer questions based on ‘challenge by choice’. Each classroom has a book corner to invite children to read and children are encouraged to read through assemblies and Mrs Grey’s suitcases of books (see extended curriculum PowerPoint).
Grammar and punctuation
Much of this is taught through writing lessons, as well as reading lessons. Children are encouraged to use correct spoken grammar also, through our newly devised vocabulary strategy.
In addition to working on Word of the Day, children are regularly exposed to new vocabulary, with an aim to them using it more and more. We have recently developed a vocabulary strategy (also linked to spelling) that builds on vocabulary year on year, culminating in work on morphology and etymology.
This is taught through use of the National Curriculum lists and mainly focuses around spelling patterns. It is linked to our new vocabulary strategy and focuses on developing different strategies to know and remember spellings. Amongst other learning activities, children use word searches, speed writes, word searches, paired spelling tests and “look, cover, write, check” to develop their knowledge.