"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go!" Dr Seuss
"Writing to me, is simply thinking through my fingers." Isaac Asimov
At Oughtrington Community Primary School we promote high standards of language and literacy by working with pupils to help them to speak well, write proficiently and develop a love of literature through reading for enjoyment. We follow the 2014 National Curriculum for English; planning activities to encourage our pupils to reach their potential and aspire to greater heights.
Speaking & Listening
Spoken language is important to the development of our pupils across the whole curriculum. It underpins the development of reading and writing. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak is vital in developing their vocabulary, grammar and understanding for reading and writing. At Oughtrington we ensure pupils continually develop confidence and competence in spoken language and listening skills, not only in English but across the whole school curriculum. Children are supported to develop their ability to discuss their ideas and opinions with others. They learn to explain their understanding of books and other reading and to use the conventions for discussion and debate to develop their understanding across the curriculum.
Drama is used across the curriculum. Children are given opportunities to improvise, devise and script drama for one another and a range of audiences. All classes perform for others in our weekly class assemblies, and the KS1 Christmas Production and Year 6 End of Year Production are highlights of the school year.
Reading Reading at Oughtrington aims to ensure all pupils can read easily, fluently and with good understanding of a wide range of texts. Pupils learn to pronounce unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and recognise familiar printed words. Phonics is taught in EYFS and KS1, based on the DfE Letters and Sounds programme.
Comprehension skills are developed during weekly discussions with the teacher and pupils in shared, guided or individual reading sessions. These activities allow the children opportunities to respond to texts they have read themselves or texts, at a higher level, that they have listened to. All pupils are encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live.
We aim to foster a love of reading by promoting good reading role models, including our reading mentors, and celebrating reading with events such as World Book Day. Reading for pleasure is promoted throughout the school with pupils encouraged to read from a wide range of banded and ‘real’ books in class and to visit our well-stocked library to read and borrow books. We hold regular Book Fairs to provide opportunity for parents and carers to share books with their children.
Pupils are encouraged to begin writing and mark-making as soon as their learning journey begins at Oughtrington. Opportunities are provided for pupils to write in all areas of provision in EYFS.
Pupils are taught phonics in EYFS and Key Stage 1 and all year groups learn the rules of spelling and the conventions of grammar through a structured and progressive programme of lessons. We celebrate our success in spelling through our annual whole school Spelling Bee.
Pupils are encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their work, and are supported to develop fluent, legible cursive handwriting.
Pupils are taught that effective composition involves forming, articulating and communicating ideas, then organising them coherently for a reader. They are encouraged to be aware of their audience and context, writing for a real purpose wherever possible. Our writing is celebrated each term, in our whole school Writers' Gallery.