How do we teach English at Westglade?
At Westglade we are keen to promote a love of reading and writing as well as ensuring our children reach the best possible outcomes. We teach English not only during Read, Write Inc., Shared Reading and writing sessions but throughout the curriculum where children are provided with opportunities to apply their literacy skills.
In EYFS and Key Stage 1, children follow the Read, Write Inc. programme to develop their phonic knowledge and build the skills required to be able to read fluently. In addition to this, they share and discuss a range of books and non fiction texts as part of their topics to deepen their understanding of what they are reading as well as sparking interesting in their Learning Challenge topics.
In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, children are taught Shared Reading first thing in the morning. In these sessions, children are faced with challenging and exciting texts (linked to their topics where possible) and are taught the skills required to fully understand and comprehend a text. They discuss vocabulary, finding answers using the text and providing evidence to support their answers.
Writing at Westglade is taught across two weeks in KS2 and one week in KS2 where children are immersed in a text type (either fiction or non fiction) by looking at key features, vocabulary and example texts. In EYFS and KS1, children work up to an extended write on a weekly basis which is then marked and assessed (in Y1 and Y2). In KS2, children draft on the first Friday then the following week addresses any misconceptions and provides opportunities for editing. The children then write up their final draft on the second Friday which is marked and assessed.
English at home
We know that parents and children at Westglade are always keen to know what they can do at home to support learning. Reading to and with your child is a great way of supporting their own reading development; they will learn from you as well as having a go themselves. If they see you read, they'll want to as well! Writing can be done anywhere as well: ask your child to write a shopping list, they can write a diary, writing letters to family members and writing their own birthday or Christmas cards are all great ways of including writing at home.
Below are some links to help you support your child at home: