At Newfield Primary School we follow the National Curriculum for our English teaching and we aim for all of our children to become fluent, confident readers and writers. Spoken language is a high priority and pupils are given opportunities to talk about their learning, discuss and evaluate their work, debate with their peers and perform poetry and drama. The use of age appropriate standard spoken English is encouraged throughout the school.
Nursery and Reception children are taught to read and write using Read, Write, Inc. a systematic phonics scheme (based on the sounds that letters make). This continues throughout Year 1 and beyond if the children are not confident with their letter sounds.
We want our pupils to love reading and read for pleasure. From Reception and all the way up to Year 6 our children take part in guided reading. An adult will hear each child read at least once a week with a book matched to their reading ability. At Newfield we use the Pearson Bug Club scheme until the children are confident readers. After this they will read a range of quality children’s literature: fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
To inspire our children to become ‘writers’ at Newfield we believe that children should be exposed to high quality children’s texts. Where possible, we link our learning across different subjects and use these texts as an inspiration for writing. The children have opportunities to regularly plan, write, edit and evaluate ‘extended’ pieces of writing in all forms.