English is at the heart of everything. The new curriculum has heightened the bar for learning and we have risen with it. Our lessons inspire children to read, to think, to write and ultimately to communicate. Children access English across the curriculum and become confident and accomplished at using language in many different ways to take their learning forwards.
Children learn to appreciate reading texts in a variety of ways in Key Stage 2. They read different books individually and in guided groups, some read to adults who come to our school voluntarily. Children share a class book together and are encouraged to enjoy reading at home on their own or with someone else. We have an excellent library managed by Mrs Lippe who is here voluntarily most of the week, updating the books and making sure the children make the most of the books on offer. Added to this in Key Stage 2 children are increasingly taught the skills of comprehension. This is done in guided groups and by practicing tests that require high skills of inference, essential in a good reader. We share good books and discuss and enjoy the joy they bring.
English lessons in Key Stage 2 cover a wide range of genres and children learn a range of skills from writing formal, factual texts to writing creative, imaginative stories. Children read and learn about classic stories and develop their skills of expression through poetry and music. At Poringland, the subjects we write about are exciting and motivating which results in writing that is vibrant and inspirational. Children learn to enjoy writing just as great authors and poets have done in the past.
Spelling Punctuation and Grammar.
Underpinning the enjoyment of reading and writing comes the technical understanding of being a good writer. Again we have risen with the new curriculum developing children who understand how to structure a good sentence and the importance of punctuation and grammar. At Poringland we have started teaching a Spelling Program teaching children systematically the rules of spellings and encouraging them to explore words and enjoy the mysteries and complexities of the English Language.