At Twickenham we believe that English underpins our school curriculum by developing the children’s abilities to speak, listen and communicate, to think, explore and organise. This includes helping our children to express themselves orally and through writing and to develop their love of literature. All teachers have a crucial role to play in supporting the children’s English development. Competent English skills also enable pupils to read so that all our pupils are able to achieve their educational potential across all areas of the curriculum.
At Twickenham Primary School we strive for children to:
- read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct;
- have an interest in books and read for enjoyment;
- have an interest in words, their meanings; acquiring a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language;
- understand a range of text types and genres – be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation;
- develop the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness;
- have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.
Currently, at Twickenham, the National Curriculum English programme of study underpins our medium and short term planning across KS1 and KS2. However, through our creative curriculum, it is also encouraged that English lessons are linked to all our topic work, and therefore, this is used to enhance all children’s extended writing.
In the Foundation Stage children at Twickenham should be given opportunities to:
- speak and listen and represent ideas in their activities;
- use communication, language and literacy in every part of the curriculum;
- develop pencil control and fine and gross motor skills;
- become immersed in an environment rich in print and possibilities for communication.
During Key Stage One children at Twickenham should:
- learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say;
- begin to read and write independently and with enthusiasm;
- develop the skills to sound and blend unfamiliar printed words quickly and accurately using the phonic knowledge and skills that they have already learnt;
- to hear, share and discuss a wide range of high-quality books to develop a love of reading;
- learn to spell a growing repertoire of words appropriate for their year group;
- develop their vocabulary and understanding of grammar.
During Key Stage Two children at Twickenham should:
- learn to change the way they speak and write to suit different situations, purposes and audiences;
- read a range of texts and respond to different layers of meaning in them;
- explore the use of language in English and non-literary texts and learn how the structure of language works;
- learn to confidently spell words from the appropriate National Curriculum word lists.
With the introduction of the new National Curriculum, English appears on our School Improvement Plan and we aim to:
“Focus on high quality teaching and learning in English, with particular emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar”
World book day
On Thursday 5th March we all dressed up as book characters to celebrate World Book Day. Here are our pictures.