English

Statement of Intent

At Greenlands Community Primary School, we take immense pride in fostering a vibrant and text-rich learning environment that sparks the fires of creativity and imagination in our students. Our mission is to cultivate passionate readers, instilling in them the love for diverse literature while empowering them to read fluently and expansively. We aim to nurture young minds that not only absorb the beauty of language but also articulate their preferences and opinions about the world of literature.

We are dedicated to moulding our children into adept writers, equipped with the ability to tailor their language and style to fit various contexts. We emphasise the importance of self-reflection and growth, encouraging our budding writers to re-read, edit and refine their own work. In this way, we not only teach writing but also instil a sense of pride in craftsmanship, promoting a lifelong love for the written word.

Central to our approach is the exposure of our pupils to a rich tapestry of vocabulary. We believe that a robust vocabulary is the key to unlocking the world of knowledge and expression. By immersing our students in a wide array of words, we equip them with the tools to decode new terms and confidently integrate them into their speech and writing. This linguistic dexterity extends to both formal and informal contexts, ensuring our students are effective communicators in every setting.

At Greenlands, we set the bar high for our students, encouraging them to take ownership of their work and accomplishments. Through our commitment to nurturing creativity, we provide a platform where their imaginations can soar. We celebrate individuality, acknowledging each child as a unique individual with distinct aspirations, talents and dreams.

Reading at home

Here is Miss Spedding, our Year One Teaching Assistant, reading with a Year One child. Please watch to learn some ideas that you could try out to support your child when reading at home.

 

 

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Phonics

Throughout the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, children take part in daily, minimum 20 minute phonics sessions. Our teaching of phonics is based on the Red Rose Letters and Sounds scheme devised by the English team of advisors and consultants at Lancashire.

This is a systematic approach which incorporates frequent opportunities for application and consolidation of reading and writing skills, before introducing new grapheme phoneme correspondences in an explicit and agreed rational sequence. At Greenlands Community Primary School, we have fidelity to Red Rose Letters and Sounds for consistency and progression.

Red Rose Letters and Sounds sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children from Phase 2 to Phase 5, with the intention of all children by the age of seven becoming fluent readers and enthusiastic writers with accurate spelling.

The pronunciation of the phonemes (sounds) when teaching phonics is crucial. The following video demonstrates how to articulate each of the phonemes taught through our phonics curriculum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCI2mu7URBc