At St Leonards we place great emphasis upon developing skills in spoken language, reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. English skills are applied across the curriculum and strong links are made between subjects such as RE, Science, Geography and History.
The aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word.
The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate
In addition, pupils should develop the ability and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. In Key Stage One, the children use the Talk for Writing approach to orally rehearse, read and enjoy a text. They then use this text as a stimulus for writing. The write weekly and edit and improve their writing throughout the lesson. In Key Stage Two, children have two writing sessions every other week where they are given the opportunity to apply the grammar, spelling and punctuation skills they have learned previously. This writing is often cross-curricular and covers different types of writing. The first lesson includes oral rehearsal, planning skills and lots of discussion. The children then begin to write. The second lesson involves completing their writing and the main focus is editing and improving. The teachers give children feedforward regularly throughout the lessons and children address any misconceptions immediately. The teacher may put a yellow box around a sentence or paragraph to show the child which part of their writing needs editing and improving.
In English lessons, the children are taught using the Talk for Writing approach. This is where they rehearse a shared text, innovate by changing some of the ideas and then write their own version independently.
Below are some links to educational websites to help with your child's Grammar and Spelling.