At East Tilbury Primary School & Nursery, we understand that communication is a key aspect in every child’s learning so that they develop the knowledge, skills, self-belief and motivation to be successful in both their current learning and throughout their lives. We provide opportunities for all of our pupils to develop their use and understanding of Standard English to their full potential in all aspects of speaking, listening, reading and writing, including spelling and handwriting.
English is taught on a daily basis through specific lessons in writing and reading but is also prominent in the school’s enquiry based curriculum, where pupils can apply and enhance their English skills in a range of different ways across a broad range of subjects. Our aim is to develop the pupils’ abilities and confidence in communicating for different purposes and this often allows them to express themselves using their key strengths.
Reading is encouraged throughout every year group. Each class has a themed reading corner, based on recent Units of Enquiry and this is filled with a range of text types that pupils may enjoy at their leisure. Time is given to pupils to read within the school day both in reading skills sessions, where pupils are completing structured activities to extend their skills, and through independent reading time. Challenging materials from CGP and Nelson are used to develop the children’s comprehension and understanding of language during reading skills sessions.
Each child is provided with a levelled reading book that they may read to staff and are expected to read at home in order to experience a broad range of text types. Children who read regularly are rewarded for their dedication. The school also provides a spacious, well-resourced library with a range of books that pupils may borrow and read for pleasure.
Reading is also promoted through competitions, such as the ‘Extreme Read’ and national reading events such as ‘World Book Day’.
The use of engaging, relevant and high quality texts is central to our writing curriculum. Each year group will study and compose a range of text types, developing their writing skills across the curriculum. Pupils write for purpose and links are often made to suitable experiences within the pupils’ lives.
Pupils are given time to become familiar with different text types and how they are constructed, then they are supported through different writing techniques where teachers demonstrate good practice and pupils are encouraged to work together to compose and improve upon pieces of writing. Pupils learn how to assess their own work, reflecting on their strengths and constantly aspiring to achieve a higher standard of work.
All pupils within Reception and Key Stage one are taught a daily discrete phonics session. Each session involves the teaching of a new phoneme (sound) and pupils are encouraged to practise to read and spell through a range of games and activities. Lessons are highly interactive, involving the use of Bug Club games and support materials. Pupils are assessed and grouped according to their correct phase, in order to meet the pupils’ needs, and ensure they are equipped for the phonic screening check at the end of Year One. As a school we follow the letters and sounds scheme to encourage phonic knowledge. Identified intervention pupils are given extra support to accelerate development of their reading and writing skills. Pupils whose phonic knowledge is not secure as they move into Key Stage 2 receive phonics intervention and ‘Support for Spelling’ groups.
Spelling and grammar
Grammar, spelling and skills are taught as discrete subjects on a daily basis, using the Nelson schemes of work, with different foci within each year group depending on the needs of the pupils.
Each child is asked to learn a set of spellings at home each week, using their phonic knowledge, knowledge of spelling patterns and the ‘look, cover, write, check’ method. These words are linked to the requirements of the National Curriculum for each specific age range and the pupils are taught to apply them within sentences to further their understanding of their meaning.
Long Term Plans