Brooklands Primary School

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ENGLISH AT BROOKLANDS

At Brooklands, we endeavour to provide learning experiences which will enable each child to develop a true passion for English language and literature. We equip pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word, develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

Brooklands Primary School follows the New Curriculum, which was introduced by schools across England in 2014. Year 2 and 6 are taught elements from the previous curriculum as the children will be tested on this in the 2014/2015 SATS.

 

Writing

                             

Brooklands has become one of an increasing number of primary schools to implement strategies of Storytelling Schools to improve the quality of talk and writing. This way of teaching has been pioneered by Chris Smith and Pie Corbett and uses Talk for Writing techniques.The main premise behind storytelling is to encourage and support children’s language development. Research has shown vocabulary at the age of 3 years old is a major indicator of success in SATs and vocabulary at the age of 5 years old is a key gauge of GCSE achievement. With this in mind, storytelling provides a natural way of developing rich and active story language.

The teaching and learning follows a sequence involving hearing, mapping, stepping, and speaking a story before writing. This is a strategy that engages all the children’s senses from listening, seeing, speaking, moving, before writing. The children learn to imitate a story and acquire story language before innovating by creating their own.

The proven benefits of storytelling, which are many, include:

•accelerating language learning

•improving writing

•increasing confidence and participation

•engaging children with topic work

•particularly benefitting students who start school with weaker language skills or who find reading difficult

•boosting enjoyment and enthusiasm

 We are also introducing a programme of lessons in KS1 and KS2 called ‘Let’s Think in English’ which are designed to support deeper reasoning skills in English and across the curriculum. There is evidence that these types of lessons have an extremely positive impact on children’s attainment in English, and improve attainment in other subjects as well. They are creative lessons which involve a lot of thinking, group work and discussion around specific books and stories. The children really enjoy these lessons and as well as helping with reasoning and English skills, they also help to improve the way they work in a group, support communication and listening skills, and build their confidence.

If you would like to read more about the Let’s Think approach, here is a link to their website:

https://www.letsthinkinenglish.org/lets-think-in-english-for-key-stage-2/

    

Phonics

Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 are discretely taught and practice phonics. The Foundation Stage starts at Phase 2 and progresses to Phase 3; Year 1 continues with Phase 3 up to Phase 5 and Year 2 consolidates Phase 5 to Phase 6. The teaching of phonics is essential in helping children to develop their reading. Weekly spelling lists sent home link to phonics/spelling patterns being taught.

 

Reading

         

The fundamental purpose of Guided Reading is to enhance each child’s understanding of what they are reading and help develop children’s ability to apply strategies independently.

Guided Reading sessions take place every day in all classes from Reception through to Year 6.  Teachers plan and teach a range text genres throughout the year in order to give children extensive reading experiences. The sessions teach a range of skills including word recognition (decoding and encoding), understanding and interpreting texts and engaging and responding to texts. To ensure a continuous bank of books and reading activities to engage and extend both our eager and reluctant readers, Brooklands has subscribed to Bug Club (www.activelearnprimary.co.uk). Bug Club is an extensive whole-school on-line reading programme.

 

                                                        

                                              

Reading for enjoyment is hugely important at Brooklands. Research consistently shows that one of the most effective strategies for fostering a love of reading in schools is the creation of a classroom book corner, as it serves as a constant reminder for the children to pick up a book and start reading. With this in mind each classroom has an eye-catching and inviting book corner with a wide range of books. Children are encouraged to choose books to read at their leisure. 

 

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG)

With the strong focus on grammar, punctuation and spelling in the new National Curriculum, children need to be confident in each of their language skills. Grammar and punctuation are taught both as part of the literacy lesson and discretely.

The word-lists for Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6 are statutory. The lists are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell. Occasionally, topic words related to their English lessons are set for children to support the children during the unit of work. In KS1 and KS2 spellings are uploaded onto Edmodo each week for the children to learn. The children are tested every week. The results are sent home for parents/ carers to review.