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Wigmore Primary School

Twyford Drive, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 9TB

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01582 616 101

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English

A child’s ability to communicate is vital to all aspects of their learning, so English learning cuts across all areas of the curriculum. We also plan for literacy-specific learning every day in school, in line with the expectations of the National Curriculum.

Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening are at the core of our curriculum. We aim for our children to develop skills in comprehension, critical and creative thinking and oral and written communication.

The aim is for all Wigmore children to be confident and enthusiastic speakers, readers and writers, so we provide a broad range of daily activities for children to develop and apply their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Included in this provision are opportunities for learning year specific grammar, punctuation and spelling skills, public-speaking and drama activities and reading and writing in different styles and for different purposes.

Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening are at the core of our curriculum. We aim for our children to develop skills in comprehension, critical and creative thinking and oral and written communication.

 

Shared class readers

Each term, from yr 1 to yr 6 , the children will read, analyse and interrogate a different fiction book linked to the appropriate age range. We teach children to understand and respond imaginatively to what they read, while nurturing their enjoyment of literature. There are also opportunities for the children to work on reading comprehension related activities such as prediction, fact and opinion, inference and summarising main ideas, to name but a few.

 

We place value on quality texts that both engage the imagination and support the development of literacy skills. In lessons, the children read and respond to a range of fiction and non-fiction books and use them as a starting point for their own writing. They take part in activities that involve reading, writing, role play, drama, discussion, debate, presentation, recitation. Teachers plan from the National Curriculum for English, 2014, with objectives for Reading, Writing, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling.We recognise how important it is for children to use their knowledge and skills in a relevant context in order to bring their learning to life. English skills are applied across the curriculum, with opportunities to read and write in Topic work, Art and Science.

 

English in the Early Years

In Foundation , teachers plan from the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework 2014. Communication and Language, Reading and Writing are encouraged everyday and opportunities are ever present in the environment. Children have opportunities to explore, use, and enjoy words and text. They learn to respond to adults and to each other, listen carefully, and practise their communication skills through methods such as role-play, story-telling and shared writing.

 

Phonics

Phonics is taught every day in EYFS, Year 1 and 2, using Letters and Sounds 2007. Our classrooms are rich with phonics resources, surrounding children in a wealth of tools to develop their skills in reading and writing.

 

Our Library

We have a thriving School Library, run by our own librarian. Being in possession of this incredible resource means children have ready access to a vast array of inspiring and ever-changing literature. Children from Nursery to Year 6 visit the library every week to listen to a story, explore the range of resources available and to borrow books for reading at home.