We want all children to develop a love of language for language sake. We aim to develop children’s ability to use spoken and written language to communicate effectively – to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes. We follow the National Curriculum 2014 to deliver lessons rich in reading, writing, phonics, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
As soon as children enter Somerford School, we place a great emphasis on developing their oracy skills. We have a firm belief that if children “can’t speak it, they can’t write it” therefore children are constantly encouraged to articulate their sentences before beginning to write them down. The focus on oracy continues as children progress through the school with Storytelling, Text Telling and Talk for Writing strategies used from YR to Y2 and further Talk for Writing strategies used in KS2.
We work on promoting a love of reading in all children and fostering a text rich environment where children understand how language works. Our daily reading lessons, in KS1 and KS2, help children to develop the skills they need to be proficient readers and to interpret texts accurately. Children in KS1 have a daily phonics lesson where they learn to apply their knowledge of sounds in a fun and interactive way. This focussed phonics teaching continues in KS2 for those who need it. Our English lessons are planned and taught using high quality fiction books by established and current authors, enabling children to enjoy a range of stories and fostering a love of reading.
During the summer term, every Year 1 child takes part in a phonics screening test where they are asked to read 40 decodable words. In 2017, 60% of the children passed the phonics test and further support will be offered in Year 2 for those children who did not reach the required standard.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar is taught throughout the school in context through our weekly lessons as well as our spelling sessions at the start of every English lesson. On Fridays, we have our ‘Slow Write’ Lesson, in which children practise using a variety of sentence types to write about a picture of film stimulus. Children have regular opportunities to undertake sustained writing tasks throughout each term.
We adopt a cross-curricular approach throughout the school to enable the skills that are learnt through the English curriculum to be applied in all other subject areas