At Starks Field Primary School we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills and that through the English curriculum we will help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language. We aim to provide a rich and stimulating environment where speaking and listening, reading and writing are an integral part of everything we do in order to foster a love of reading, writing and drama.
Every day children take part in a reading session. In Reception and Year 1 this is called Daily Supported Reading; children work in groups in a highly-structured reading programme led by an adult. Classes also have a daily phonics lesson. We follow the phases of Letters and Sounds and supplement our resources with the Jolly Phonics scheme. We use Floppy Phonics and Oxford Reading Tree resources in school to support progression in reading. Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 will be given a book to take home from the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.
In Key Stage 2 children are encouraged to make free choices of books based on their own interests from the class book area. In Years 2-6 children follow a structured reading programme that builds on key reading skills every week using a set text. In addition, children in Years 3-6 also take part in My Book Blog sessions weekly. More information about this can be found here: https://mybookblog.org/
Every class is equipped with a book corner with a range of fiction and non-fiction books, which children can use for their home reading books. They also have access to our school library.
Our English lessons are based around a book. Over a week or more children will be introduced to a book/text, look for key features to understand the genre and then work towards producing their own piece of writing. We call this a 'reading into writing' model. The rules of grammar are taught as part of a unit of work. Children will also practise their speaking and listening skills through drama activities, which are included in the units of work.
Spellings and handwriting are taught separately in discrete lessons. We use a cursive script for writing which children are introduced to from Reception.
We are very fortunate to have a very well-stocked library. All children get to visit the library every other week and the library is open after school on a Tuesday for children to use.