The teaching and learning of English is the cornerstone of education at Pomphlett. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.
We teach English using the National Curriculum and our overarching aim is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
It is most important to us that the children are clear about what they are trying to learn, that the level of challenge is appropriate for each child, and that they have time to review how successful they have been, and how they might further develop their skills.
Reading at key stages 1 and 2 consists of two dimensions:
- word reading
- comprehension (both listening and reading).
Writing at key stages 1 and 2 is constructed similarly to those for reading:
- transcription (spelling and handwriting)
- composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing)
Grammar, punctuation and spelling
At Pomphlett, we believe it is important that children understand how language is organised to make meaning. To develop this understanding, grammar, punctuation and spelling are taught discretely in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.