A high-quality education in English teaches pupils to speak and write fluently so that they communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society. The overarching aim is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
The building blocks for this subject are set out in Statutory Framework for EYFS: Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations and also Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest.
English empowers the children by developing important skills such as:
Comprehending of texts
Reading with fluency and expression
What does it look like at KSPA?
English at KSPA is delivered through Read Write Inc. Programmes
RWI Phonics in Foundation Stage and Year 1
Literacy and Language in Years 2-6
Every Child Succeeds 1:1 tutoring for those at risk of falling behind their peers
Fresh Start booster groups in Years 5/6 if extra help is needed
These skills are also developed in the creative curriculum and during opportunities for extended writing and drama.