At Emmanuel Holcombe C.E. Primary School, our aim is to grow our children into avid readers, who read fluently and widely and are able to express preferences and opinions about the texts that they read. We want them to read for pleasure, having had access to a wide range of text types, genres and authors in order for them to make informed opinions about their favourites.
We want to produce children who write with confidence and accuracy for a variety of purposes and audiences whilst developing their own individual flair. We want our children to be able to write with grammatical accuracy and be able to apply spelling patterns correctly using a neat handwriting style. We aim to expose our children to a wide range of vocabulary so that they able to decipher new words and then use them when speaking both informally and formally.
We want our children to love English.
SPEAKING AND LISTENING
Speaking and listening are crucial for practising and embedding new vocabulary and concepts, and as such form the bedrock on which literacy is built. Children at Emmanuel Holcombe C.E. Primary School are taught speaking and listening skills across the curriculum. Our children use speaking and listening to solve problems, speculate, share ideas, make decisions and reflect on what they are learning.
The teaching of reading, both the technical aspects of decoding language and developing the ability to understand complicated texts will be one of the most important aspects of school life here at Emmanuel Holcombe. We hope that through inspirational English teaching, being read to daily and a school culture that values reading, we can help every child learn these essential skills, develop a love of books and become a lifelong reader.
SPELLING, GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION
Learning to employ these elements gives children control over their writing, making it easier for them to communicate their meaning clearly. Grammar and punctuation are taught through direct instruction from teachers, but will be embedded as part of the writing process rather than simply as discrete activities. We follow Letters and Sounds as part of our phonics teaching. Our school spelling scheme (no nonsense spelling) embraces knowledge of spelling conventions – patterns and rules; but integral to the teaching is the opportunity to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings.
We thrive on teaching children to be craftsmen, shaping their words to match their intended purpose and audience. We love to give the children the opportunity to write for a purpose, take ownership of their work and see themselves as real writers who have the ability to plan, write and evaluate their own work and that of others. Our writing scheme teaches children to become confident writers through following a clear writing process of planning, drafting and writing, evaluating and editing, and sharing. This comes after teacher led modelling and immersion in high quality texts.