English is at the heart of our curriculum and underpins all other subject areas. At Avenue Primary School, we provide a rich and stimulating language environment so the children can use and develop their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills in all aspects of their learning.
At Avenue we teach KTC (Knowledge Transfer Centre) phonics with comprehensive lesson plans that teach children to hear, read, write and apply phonemes in their reading and writing. Children who need additional support in Key Stage 2 also follow a KTC style phonics program. In March 2019, Challenge Partners recognised the positive impact that our phonics teaching is having by awarding us an 'Area of Excellence' for the teaching of phonics.
The more that you read,
the more things that you will know.
The more you learn,
the more places you will go.
We aim to provide a broad and varied choice of reading material. This is developed through individual reading with carefully structured books in a reading scheme (home readers) and through guided and shared reading in English and other subject areas.
To promote a love of reading, there have been and continue to be many fantastic reading activities and events at Avenue, including: the celebration of World Book Day, PJ Reading Day, numerous author visits and workshops and local library trips. Our children have also loved the opportunity to browse books during our Roving Book Shop. We are proud of our reading culture at Avenue and are always looking to build and develop upon it.
Writing is the painting of the voice.
We value writing and encourage children to produce work of quality and depth across the curriculum. Pupils are given many opportunities to write in a wide variety of ways using the work of professional writers as a model.
In Early Years Foundation Stage, children are encouraged to develop their gross and fine motor skills in order to be able to learn to write. All children experience writing from an early age, making marks with chalks, water and other mark making materials.
In KS1 and KS2 various types of writing are introduced to the children, enabling them to select the most appropriate for the task in hand. Children take part in a range of classroom activities (including drama) which help to improve their writing. They learn to plan, draft and produce a final piece for each unit of work that they study in English.
National Curriculum - English KS1 and KS2
Spelling, Handwriting, Grammar and Punctuation
Spelling and handwriting are important tools in writing and a structured programme to teach these skills is in place. In Key Stage 1 and 2 children are taught key punctuation, grammatical terminology and how to structure grammatically accurate sentences.
National Curriculum - Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335190/English_Appendix_2_-_Vocabulary_grammar_and_punctuation.pdf
Useful links and resources
Please see below our English long term plans for writing. This explains how and when we cover different genres over the year.