Throughout Kingston Park English underpins all that we do. We provide a high quality education in English, creatively teaching our pupils to write and speak fluently so that they communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, can communicate with them. At Kingston Park there is a strong emphasis on pupils developing a great love of the English language through a great love of literature. After all…
“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” Neil Gaiman
The Teaching of English at Kingston Park Primary School falls into specific interrelated categories.
Reading - word reading and comprehension
Spelling - vocabulary, grammar and punctuation
Writing – transcription, spelling and handwriting
Composition – including the articulation of ideas and structuring them in speech and writing
At Kingston Park we reflect the importance of the spoken word across the whole curriculum. The outstanding quality and variety of language that they hear underpins the development of reading and writing and is vital for the development of their vocabulary and grammar. Throughout their time at Kingston Park all children across all year groups, are given outstanding opportunities for the development of their spoken language. From the inclusion of ‘Talk for Writing’ throughout the school, to Show and Tell speeches. From drama activities, to the presentation of research projects, debating and becoming confident actors. From developing their capacity to explain their understanding of books, through guided reading and the sharing of a good book, all enabling them to ignite their imaginations.
Throughout the whole school there is a passion and love of books that is developed from the children’s first day in school.
Reading consists of two interlinked dimensions, word reading and comprehension. Throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, skilled word reading is developed through the working out of unfamiliar words and the recognition of familiar printed words. Underpinning both is the understanding that letters represent sounds and this why phonics is taught throughout the school, depending upon the needs of the children. Throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage One discreet phonics sessions are planned for and taught every day following the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme. These sessions enable the children to learn specific sounds through practical sessions which are reinforced through games and homework. You can see a copy of the Letters and Sounds document here: Letters and Sounds Publication
Good comprehension draws from linguistic knowledge and on knowledge of the world. Comprehension skills develop through pupils’ experience of high quality discussion with the teacher as well as from reading and discussion a range of stories, poems and non-fiction. All pupils are encouraged to read widely across both to establish an appreciation and love of reading. All children are encouraged to read widely to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live.
It’s a Pleasure! How our children learn to read.
We believe that reading is a pleasure; therefore at Kingston Park we use a real book approach to learning to read. All of our children bring home real books from the beginning of their reading time in reception. Our colourful reading streets are full of the finest children’s literature from which, each day, your child can choose their own book to take home and share.
Children will share their book with their teacher at a variety of times during the school day and staff will make comments in your child’s Home/School book. Once a week in Foundation Stage, once a fortnight in Key Stage One and once every three weeks in Key Stage Two. We do understand that some children may need extra support with their reading and they will become a targeted reader, where they will share a book more than once a week. It is important that children practise this essential life skill both at school and home.
Our aim is that children become readers for Life - they are able to read with confidence, fluency and understanding, and for a variety of purposes - not least of which is enjoyment. We firmly believe that reading feeds the imagination and opens up a treasure trove of wonder and joy for curious minds.
At Kingston Park children are taught to write through the process of Talk for Writing. It enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version. Imitating, innovating then independent application. This method provides us with children who have a love and passion for creating and writing, which culminates in book making where they are the authors and illustrators of their own unique work.
Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation
Children are taught to effectively transcribe through being able to spell accurately, knowing the relationship between letters and sounds. Effective composition involves articulating and communicating ideas and the organising them coherently for the reader. This requires clarity, awareness of the audience, purpose and context, and an increasing wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. As vocabulary increases teachers show children how to develop their understanding of, and ability to use figurative language. They are taught to use all the elements of spelling, punctuation and grammar from the national curriculum in a creative and exciting way. You can view a copy of the English National Curriculum here: English National Curriculum
To develop their understanding of spellings rules are sent home on a weekly basis and the children’s ability to apply these are tested on Friday. We realise that all children learn differently and therefore the strategies to learn spellings and rules will reflect this. Children and families are expected to support each other and work together to learn the sounds and spelling rules in the spelling books.
Rewards for Outstanding English Work
We have a number of reward systems in place in school and awards can be given for a range of reasons. Specifically in English there is a weekly ‘Writer of the Week’ award and ‘Word of the Week’ award in every class across both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. Additionally, those children who have impressed staff with a specific task can receive a Show and Tell award, a Headteacher’s Award or house points. From Key Stage One children are taught to use a joined handwriting script. Once their writing is fluent and cursive they will be presented with their own pen and pen licence during the Show and Tell award ceremony.