English – Writing – Mrs V. Tucker and Reading – Miss J. Stalker

English teaching and learning involves the four elements of English: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. At Cotteridge School we want our children to become:

  • Confident speakers in a variety of situations
  • Good listeners
  • Readers who enjoy all sorts of stories, poetry, plays and information
  • Writers who have the skills to write for different purposes

We believe parents are partners in our teaching of reading and set reading as homework in all classes as well as attending Reading workshops throughout the year. We teach phonics in the Foundation Stage and in Key Stage One using Letters and Sounds. Using PM Benchmarking, children’s reading levels are assessed. Using the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, children are given a fully decodable home reading book that corresponds with the sounds that are being taught in class, in addition to a richer reading book each week. Each week, the children take part in a guided reading session with their teacher, reading books at their reading level.

Accelerated Reader is a reading programme which is used in KS2, whereby the children read books suitable to their reading and comprehension ability. We have a wide range of resources, including whole class book collections and well stocked Junior and Infant libraries. In Year 2 and Key Stage Two, children and staff participate in DEAR (Drop Everything And Read), encouraging reading for pleasure several times per week. The children are exposed to high quality picture and chapter texts, exploring different themes. Each term, every child in KS2 receives their own copy of the class text to enjoy at home for years to come.

Every year we celebrate World Book Day as a week to promote a love of books and reading. Children and staff dress as a character from a book, we invite children to a Big Book Breakfast (Juniors) or bedtime stories (Infants). There is also a Book Fair during the school year. Across the year, Key Stage 1 classes may also visit local libraries.

Across school, we link our English lessons to other areas of the curriculum in order to make the learning real and relevant. We use the Talk 4 Writing process in Key Stage One and Year 3 to embed vocabulary and language features, supporting the children by having a high-quality framework for their own independent writing. In Years 4, 5 and 6, children continue to explore a range of high-quality texts and novels, including poetry, which offer a variety of writing opportunities to develop writing for purpose. Our children have a positive attitude to English and enjoy writing for a range of audiences.