Having an in-depth understanding of our English language and being able to read, write and speak confidently is a vital skill for life. Speaking, listening, reading and writing are an essential part of all activities; not only in the curriculum but also as they progress through life.
At Hayes Primary School we aim to provide children with a wide range of creative and inspiring activities to develop these skills independently and through working with their peers. We strive for children to develop a love of reading for pleasure and the ability to write confidently and fluently. We encourage our pupils to take pride in their work and to aim for the highest standards in writing and presentation.
English is taught using the Power of Reading. Through this we use high quality texts to engage children in their English learning whilst also offering a wide range of English enrichment activities, such as inspiring writing weeks, author visits, creative writing workshops and lessons focused on current news and events from children’s lives. Computers, iPads, drama, art and music are all used to support the learning experience in English lessons.
A number of reading schemes are in use, together with a range of other books to support reading development.
Pupils' progress is closely monitored and work is targeted towards the individual's needs and ability.
The National Curriculum for English aims to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.