We develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.
At Cholton CofE Primary School, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we have chosen Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. Currently, the school is in a transition phase of training staff and organising new resources so that we can fully embed the programme from September. Information shared with parents about the new programme and ways to support their children at home can be found below.
At Chorlton CofE Primary School, we also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.
Reading is at the heart of all learning at Chorlton CE. Guided Reading sessions take place each morning across both Key Stages. Children in EYFS have regular opportunities to read with the class teacher as well as being exposed to books in all areas of their continuous provision. Children have access to a range of quality fiction and non-fiction texts that compliment other areas of the curriculum and broaden their vocabulary. Reading for pleasure is promoted throughout the school and children read independently, with their peers, buddies and other adults. To further children's enjoyment of books they also have stories read to them.
Developing language skills is at the heart of education and learning. Our curriculum ensures that children are taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They also learn to justify ideas with reasons; ask questions to check understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge; negotiate; evaluate and build on the ideas of others. They are taught to give well-structured descriptions and explanations and develop their understanding through speculating, hypothesising and exploring ideas. This enables them to clarify their thinking as well as organise their ideas for writing.
At Chorlton CE children are immersed in high quality texts that inspire children to write for a range of genres, with a clear purpose and audience. Where possible, writing is linked to learning in other areas of the curriculum to help children to make associations. Writing lessons follow a phased approach including reading, speaking and listening and writing. Children have the opportunity to observe teachers modelling writing as well as participating in shared writing activities. Throughout the writing process children are encouraged to proof read, edit and re-draft their writing following feedback from their peers and their teacher. Children self and peer assess their writing using rules and tools which are displayed in the classroom. Published work can be found on displays and is celebrated with the wider school community.
We provide regular opportunities for children to develop, practise and perfect skills and provide targeted support to any child experiencing difficulty. Handwriting is taught throughout the week to a whole class or groups of children and then practised. In Foundation Stage and KS1 we have introduced the Penpals handwriting scheme and refer to the Little Wandle letter formation rhymes. As the children move through school they will continue to use the scheme through KS2.
Our English curriculum is also drawn from:
Children enjoy English lessons and can articulate clearly what they have learned. They talk passionately about books, discuss their favourite authors and often bring books into school to share with their class and teachers. Children care about supporting their peers to read and many volunteer their free time to 'buddy up' and share a book with younger children. By the time children leave us, they read confidently for meaning and regularly enjoy reading for pleasure. Our readers are equipped with the tools to tackle unfamiliar vocabulary. Pupils view themselves as authors recognising the writing process from being able to voice their ideas through to planning to publishing.
Data from 2019
Over 80% of children left the EYFS secure in the Early Learning Goals for reading and writing. This was significantly above the local average and slightly above the national average.
93% of KS1 pupils reached the expected standard in the phonics screening check. This was significantly above the local and national average.
93% of KS1 pupils reached the expected standard in reading. This was again above both national and local data.
Finally, in writing, 77% of pupils achieved the expected standard which was above both national and local figures.
86% of KS2 pupils reached the expected standard in reading and writing which was above local and national levels.