The English language is the main instrument of learning throughout the school curriculum. At Green Street Green, we place high emphasis on literacy skills. Our main aim is for children to express themselves effectively with the ability to speak clearly and appropriately. They need to develop the skills of listening as well as speaking. The children then expand their understanding of the written word, as spoken language is very different from the written word.
Children are read to at every stage of school life enabling them to experience the wide range of rich vocabulary that stories and poetry present. Our wish is for children to have a love of reading, and a fundamental enjoyment from exploring books. Children are taught to read using a variety of strategies that suit their differing experiences and abilities. Reading Scheme books are colour coded according to level of difficulty. Parents are encouraged to help at every stage of their child’s development.
Green Street Green Primary follow the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, alongside Letters and Sounds to support our teaching of phonics. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. For more information about letters and sounds please click here.
Writing is given a high profile from the earliest days in the school. Early attempts are valued and the children are encouraged to develop an easy flowing handwriting style; the school has developed a continuous, cursive style which has improved children’s handwriting considerably. We believe that writing should be committed, enthusiastic and interesting, and it is our aim to foster these qualities in our children’s work throughout their school career.
The main aims for the pupils are as follows:
- to read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding
- to be able to orchestrate a full range of reading cues (phonic, graphic, syntactic, contextual) to monitor their reading and correct their own mistakes
- to understand the sound and spelling system and use this to read and spell accurately
- to have fluent and legible handwriting
- to have an interest in words and their meanings and a growing vocabulary
- to know, understand and be able to write in a range of genres in fiction, non-fiction and poetry
- to understand and be familiar with the various ways in which narratives and non-fiction texts are structured
- to plan, draft, revise and edit their writing
- to have a suitable technical vocabulary through which to understand and discuss their reading and writing
- to be interested in books, read with enjoyment and evaluate and justify their preferences
- to develop their powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness through reading and writing a variety of text types
It is very beneficial for children if their learning is supported at home. This can be done by ensuring they complete their home learning tasks and by reading every day.
We are committed to extending children’s learning through fun and stimulating learning activities. Therefore, we have adopted ‘Talk for Writing’, through being part of the Primary Writing Project. The aim of the Primary Writing Project is to motivate children as writers, deepening understanding about writing and refining skills so that children make good progress and standards are raised. The project is a whole-school, cumulative and systematic process for teaching writing to help children make faster progress and gain confidence, as well as pleasure, in becoming writers. It is grounded in the processes of shared writing, with a strong and systematic focus on securing the basics of handwriting, phonics/spelling and grammar in relation to what is needed for progress and the text type being taught. A large part of the Talk for Writing process is for children to be exposed to and to internalise texts. Our teaching and learning approaches also involve drama and art activities, with the aim of engaging and motivating children further in their English learning.
For further information please see the Talk for Writing presentation on our website or refer to http://www.talk4writing.co.uk