English

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.

  • Spoken language

  • 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

 

Spoken Language

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.

 

Reading

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

 

Comprehension

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.

 

Writing

Composition

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.

 

Recommended Reads

Foundation Stage 

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 

English Scheme of Work