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Children are encouraged to develop a broad range of skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing. Children participate in a daily English lessons from years 1-6, and a wide range of language activities in Reception and Nursery.
A major part of early language learning is the teaching of phonics, which is done using a range of methods including both written and practical kinaesthetic activities. We mainly follow the following phonics schemes; Read Write Inc and Jolly Phonics. This enables us to use many resources and techniques, keeping the children engaged and learning.
Older children are also taught spelling rules, tricks and patterns, moving onto spelling investigations and word origins. Throughout the school we focus on using these words in context, rather than in list form for a test.
Reading is a fundamental skill which forms the basis of all English. As well as using a wide range of texts in the classroom we encourage parents to join in the excitement of their children learning to read. We don’t use a single reading scheme, but rather match children to books that will best develop their skills and interest. As well as access to the library every class has their own book corner with a variety of books suited to their particular age group.
Writing skills are a key priority within the school. We emphasise presentation and handwriting skills. Children are taught cursive script from the outset, first using a pencil and progressing to fountain or handwriting pens. All classes undertake extended writing sessions with activities ranging from poetry, creative writing, persuasive letter writing and factual work. During these sessions children learn how to vary their tone and language to engage the intended reader, and also how to edit and up-level their own work.
Grammar skills and terminology are now an integral part of the English curriculum. These are taught through both games and stand alone activities as well as being part of improving writing.
Speaking and listening skills are developed across the whole curriculum. It regularly precedes written work, giving children a chance to try out ideas before committing them to paper.
A note from Miss Raby (English subject leader)
The children choose their best piece of writing on a regular basis and this is displayed in the Lower School Hall on our writing boards.
We pride ourselves on helping children to develop good handwriting. As children progress through the school and improve their handwriting they are able to earn their pen licence and then later a fountain diploma. There are sheets to help with this, as well as an example of work from the latest fountain diploma winner, just outside the Lower School Hall.
As a school we are very lucky to have both our own library as well as regular access to Lydd Town Library, where the children are able to borrow a wide range of books to read at their leisure.
In September 2016 we introduced a whole school reading rewards system, where as children read at home they progress through a series of cards based on fantasy lands, leading to various levels of prizes. The most popular prizes include; bendy pencils, rubbers, drinks bottles and pen sets, as well as dolls and even a football.
Some useful websites:
First News Live. An online version of the children's newspaper:
Lots of fun (and really useful) English games for 4-14 year olds:
A range of English games for KS2:
A range of English games for YR, KS1 (and KS2):
BBC games and activities:
Sight word games:
100 Greatest Children's books 2015:
No Pens Wednesday
Wednesday 4th October 2017 is a day to put our pens down and focus on learning through other methods, mainly speaking and listening .
Roald Dahl 100
Thanks to all the parents and teachers for getting involved in the spirit of the day.
Congratulations to everyone who completed the summer reading challenge run by Kent Libraries. Over summer 2016 our school came 11th out of all of the schools in Shepway - a great achievement!
Book Day 2016
Thanks to all of the parents who sorted costumes and to all for the staff for making this day a great success. Please have a look at our gallery to see how great everyone looked.