The successful teaching of literacy developed a pupil's ability to communicate effectively, both orally and the through the written word.
The acquisition of English skills is crucial to the learning that takes place in all areas of the curriculum and as such it has the highest priority.
Reading, writing, speaking and listening skills take up a major amount of each pupil's time. Information texts, fictional stories, play scripts and poems all form part of the English programme of study. Time is allocated on a weekly basis to the learning of more formal aspects of grammar , spelling , and writing and dictionary work. Children then practice these skills in class and as homework. Pupils are given the chance to read each day and are encouraged to take their reading books home. Pupils keep a reading journal which also acts as a home/school book.
In the summer term in Years 3, 4 and 5 optional SATs test papers are used to assess the pupils reading, writing and spelling attainment against national standards.
At all stages, children are encouraged to read widely, for enjoyment as well as for information. The aim is for pupils to become lifelong readers. Parents are regularly informed of their child's progress and ways in which they can give support.
We also have some subject specialist teaching and smaller class sizes for literacy and numeracy to benefit all of our children even further .
The school has a range of carefully chosen books and computer software to develop language skills alongside pupils of all abilities. We have lots of book fairs and activities every year to encourage children to have a love of reading .