English

English 

Our overall aim for English is for all pupils to:


• Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
• Develop the habit of reading widely and often for both pleasure and information
• Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
• Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
• Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
• Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
• Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Reading 
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Read, Write, Inc.

At our school children learn to read by following the RWI scheme. In Nursery children begin by learning initial sounds and become familiar with Fred Talk. They then progress to continuing to learn their initial sounds and blend simple words. The final part of stage one is for children to do ditties (which is a simple passage made up of CVC and CCVC words).


Set two and three sounds are their next step , in which they begin to learn graphemes (two or three letters which make sounds) through a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. Regular monitoring is a key feature of RWI and is undertaken by the RWI manager. Children are then organised into groups in order to optimise learning.

During RWI lessons children are taught nonsense words which ensure that the children can decode and blend. This also forms part of the Y1 Phonic Screening which takes place in June.

Once children have completed RWI they are ready to access the Year Two curriculum.
Children from Year Two upwards undertake a daily Reading lesson. During this lesson the children undertake a variety of Reading based activities. For example: Guided Reading (Project X), comprehension type activities, Quizzing (Accelerated Reader) and Reading for Pleasure, in which children select a book within their ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) which they would like to read for enjoyment. This may be a book from the class/ school library, a magazine/ comic or even a book from home.

Project X    
 image Project X is Guided Reading materials which involve action-packed adventures with fantastic characters and gadgets with linked fiction and non-fiction to broaden reading choices. They include the characters Max, Ant, Tiger and Cat. They go on all sorts of adventures to save the world from the evil Mr X and The Collector amongst others.  
Reading Books   
image  Children also bring home Oxford Reading Tree books to read at home along with Reading bookmarks which have suggested questions to ask your child when reading at home with them. Children will be heard read regularly in school and their book changed when it is finished.   
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Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice while promoting reading for pleasure. Children are assessed to find their ZPD and then any books they read within this band allow them to stretch their Reading but still to develop their love of it. Once they have completed a book they complete a short quiz in which they can develop points towards a prize and/or a certificate.

Class Read:
Every class enjoys a class read at the end of the day – Ask your child which book they are sharing with their class?

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Writing

At our school we follow the Literacy and Language scheme as a starting point using the texts and then apply other teaching strategies such as Talk for Writing in order to provide the children with high quality stimuli and a variety of learning and teaching styles. Year One follow the Hamilton scheme of work. Not only do children undertake a daily English lesson they also study/enhance their skills through their Irresistible Learning topic with planned activities.

Grammar & Punctuation:
Children are taught the requirements for the Grammar and Punctuation curriculum through their daily English lessons as we believe at our school they are vital to the writing and understanding that the children develop through these lessons.   

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Spelling:
From Year Two upwards our school follows the RWI Spelling scheme and children are given words to practise for the Spelling Test. In school children complete a variety of activities to help embed these words and have a deep understanding of their meaning and application.   

Abbey Primary School | Glastonbury Crescent | Mossley Estate | Bloxwich | WS3 2RP
Phone: 01922 710753 | Fax: 01922 404365 | Email: postbox@abbey.walsall.sch.uk
Headteacher: Mr Mark Gilbert