English at Worsley Bridge

The ability to read, write and communicate is crucial to opening doors for the future lives of our children at Worsley Bridge. We plan for exciting, cross curricular English in line with the National Curriculum.

At Worsley Bridge we want our children to be eloquent, to be able to express their thoughts and feelings, to communicate their needs clearly and to be confident individuals who will leave at the end of year 6 well prepared for their future life. We want our children to be aware of all the possible opportunities they can have in their futures. In order to achieve this at Worsley Bridge we provide opportunities for the children to develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through a range of activities and experiences.


Reading

A home reading scheme is operated from reception through to year 6, whereby children bring home books to share with their families each week. As well as fostering reading, this gives the school and parents a regular way of communicating about their child’s reading. Instilling a love of reading is a really important aim of our reading curriculum, so children do get opportunities throughout the week to read for pleasure.

Each class has a daily, half an hour reading lesson. In Key Stage 1 children are split into groups and read in small guided groups with an adult.

In Key Stage 2 the children read a text as a class and focus on comprehension, inference, retrieval and other skills required to become confident readers with a deep understanding.


Writing

The use of engaging, relevant and high quality texts is central to our writing curriculum. These act as stimuli for children to develop and explore their writing skills. Children write for purpose wherever possible, on a theme linked to the half termly topic.

Again, the class text supports the children in their writing. The ‘Power of Reading’ approach ensures that our children are fully immersed in their English learning.

What is the Power of Reading?

The school has adopted a ‘Power of Reading’ approach to writing, which engages teachers and children in the English curriculum through the use of high quality books and proven teaching approaches (e.g. book talk, discussion, drama and role-play). Every class chooses a book(s) as a focus for their writing. Depending on the length of the text, the class will focus on one book for between 3 to 6 weeks and produce a range of writing for different purposes and in different genres. This book fits in with the creative topic driver where possible, allowing greater cross-curricular links. Wherever possible we encourage children to use and apply their learning in other areas of the curriculum. The Power of Reading approach to writing allows children to engage with a specific text creatively in order to learn the writing skills through reading and engaging with a key story.


Spelling

EYFS and Key Stage One:
Spelling is taught through phonics. These sessions are taught daily, they are planned to cover a variety of learning types. Phonics is multisensory and engages the children in a fun active way.

Key Stage 2:
Spellings are sent home weekly to be practised. The children are tested weekly on these spellings. The children will also practise personalised spellings in class.

Handwriting:
At Worsley Bridge we follow the Morrells Handwriting scheme. We believe that handwriting is a developmental process with its own distinctive stages of progression, from letter formation through to letter joins, while practising speed and fluency. We teach the children letter formation in the correct families during the early foundation and we ensure the correct letter formation, letter direction and spacing are all embedded and used with skill before introducing joined up handwriting.