Pilgrim's Way

Pilgrims Way Primary
Village Acedemy

English

Children are encouraged to develop a broad range of skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing. Children participate in a daily English lesson throughout the school. The school teaches phonics daily, with children being part of small groups to ensure all they are confident to contribute.

 

Reading is a fundamental skill and we encourage parents to join in the excitement of their children learning to read. We don’t use a single reading scheme but rather match children to books that will best develop their skills and interest. Every class has its own book corner with a variety of books suited to a particular age group.

Writing skills are a key priority within the school. We emphasise the use of rehearsal before writing, using a “Say it…write it…improve it’ approach. Children are taught cursive script from the outset, first using a pencil and progressing to fountain or handwriting pens. All classes undertake extended writing sessions with activities ranging from poetry, creative writing, persuasive letter writing and factual work. Writing is embedded across the curriculum, with writing opportunities planned for explicitly in science and the topic based work.

Speaking and listening skills are supported across the curriculum and have a strong emphasis. All classes have a role-play area where children can immerse themselves in a character or setting. In addition to this, a whole school emphasis on developing questioning and collaboration means children are equipped to articulate their thoughts, feelings and understanding in a clear way.