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.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
Guess How Much I Love You - Sam McBratney
We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen
The Tiger Who Came for Tea - Judith Kerr
The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? - Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
Dogger - Shirley Hughes
Once There Were Giants - Martin Waddell
Kipper - Mick Inkpen
You Choose! - Pippa Goodhart
The Jolly Postman and Other People's Letters - Janet and Alan Ahlberg
The Elephant and the Bad Baby - Elfrida Vipont
Jack and the Flum Flum Tree - Julia Donaldson
All Join In - Quentin Blake
Each Peach Pear Plum - Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Dear Zoo - Rod Campbell
Owl Babies - Martin Waddell
Rosie's Walk - Pat Hutchins
Farmer Duck - Martin Waddell
How to Catch a Star - Olivea Jeffers
Oi Frog! - Kes Gray and Jim Field
The Lion Inside - Rachel Bright
Suddenly! - Colin McNaughton
Peace at Last - Jill Murphy
Oliver Who Would Not Sleep - Mara Bergman
My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes - Eve Sutton and Lynley Dodd
Ginger Finds a Home - Charlotte Voake
Key Stage 1
Meercat Mail – Emily Gravett
Amazing Grace -Mary Hoffman
Gorilla – Anthony Brown
The Flower – John Light
Elmer -David McKee
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks – Kristina Stephenson
Cops and Robbers – Akan and Janet Ahlberg
Beegu – Alexis Deacon
Avocado baby – John Burningham
Dr. Xargle’s Book of Earthlets – Tony Ross
Can’t You Sleep Little Bear – Martin Wadell
Knuffle Bunny – Mo Willems
Pumpkin Soup – Helen Cooper
Who’s Afraid of the Big bad Book? – Lauren Child
The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark – Jill Tomlinson
The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me – Roald Dahl
Flat Stanley – Jeff Brown
The Hodgeheg – Dick King -Smith
Fantastic Mr. Fox – Roald Dahl
Emily Brown and the Thing – Cressida Cowell
Lower Key Stage 2
Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney
The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas – David Almond
Revolting Rhymes – Roald Dahl
The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog – Jeremy Strong
Bills New Frock – Anne Fine
There’s a Spot on My Bum – Gez Walsh
The Minpins – Roald Dahl
The Fish in Room Eleven – Heather Dyer
Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lingden
The Hodgeheg – Dick King Smith
Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
The Firework Maker’s Daughter – Philip Pullman
Stig of the Dump – Clive King
Lizzie Dripping – Helen Creswell
The Butterfly Lion – Michael Morpurgo
The Worst Witch – Jill Murphy
Lady Lollipop – Dick King Smith
Muddle Earth – Chris Riddell Paul Stewart
The Dragonsitter – Josh Lacey
The Spiderwick Chronicles – Toni De DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Nellie the Monster Sitter – Kes Gray
Carries War – Nina Bowden
Gangsta Grany – David Walliams
Please Mrs Butler - Allan Ahlberg
Upper Key Stage 2
The dragon Fly Pool – Iva Ibbotson
Mariah Mundi – G.P.Taylor
Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee Stewart
Spiderwick Chronicles - Toni Diterlizzi, Holly Black
Alone on a Wide Sea – Michael Morpurgo
Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket
Dragon Rider – Cornelia Funke
Into the Woods – Lynne Gardiner
The Borrowers – Mary Norton
The Iron Man – Ted Hughes
Skellig – David Almond
The Giants and the Joneses - Julia Donaldson
Dragon Skin Slippers – Jessica Day George
Ingo – Helen Dunmore
Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Boy – Roald Dahl
The Edge Chronicles – Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkin
Tracey Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson
Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo
The Travelling Restaurant – Barbara Else
Northern Lights – Philip Pullman
Holes – Louis Sachar
The Butterfly Restaurant – David
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