A love of reading and writing is at the very heart of our Immanuel curriculum. English is central to a child’s development, as it builds on their ability to communicate effectively with others through speech, writing and drama, and to listen with understanding. We strive to ensure that our children develop a passion for English which will allow them to fulfil their ambitions and contribute positively to our community.
English at Immanuel
The aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by allowing children to develop a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak is vital for developing their vocabulary and grammar.
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
We bring the curriculum to life with a wide-range of rich, engaging books that provide an exciting starting point for our children. For example, within each year group we share high-quality poetry, picture books and fiction and non-fiction texts. In Key Stage 1 and 2 all pupils have a dedicated English lesson every day which involves text, word and sentence level work. Children read whole class texts and learn about different genres of writing through this literature. In EYFS and Key Stage 1, children have a daily interactive phonics or spelling session. We also have daily teaching of reading sessions to develop a range of reading and comprehension strategies.
How to help your child with English
Education is a partnership and we aim to work closely with all our parents. We ask that in order to support your child in English, you encourage them to read widely at home to develop their love of books. We also ask that they see you as someone who enjoys reading and writing. This will impact greatly on your child’s spoken and written English. Any opportunities to write at home will also help to develop your child’s confidence in this area. Writing opportunities at home could include post cards, keeping a diary, shopping lists or even recipes.
We run workshops on how best to support your child at home with phonics, reading and writing throughout the year.
Reading and Phonics
At Immanuel we strive to ensure that all children become successful, fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One. We believe this is achievable through a combination of high quality, discrete phonics teaching combined with a whole language approach that promotes a ‘Reading for Pleasure’ culture.
Phonics is a key strategy that is used to teach all our pupils to read, write and spell. In EYFS and Year 1, children are taught to read and write following the six phases of the Letters and Sounds curriculum as well as resources from the ‘Read, Write Inc’ scheme.
In Nursery, children learn to identify environmental and instrumental sounds and explore rhythm and rhyme.
In Reception, children are taught Phase 2, 3 and 4 phonics. They focus on the sounds made by letters and learn to blend and segment simple words.
In Year 1, children revise Phase 4 sounds before learning Phase 5, which focuses on alternative pronunciations and spellings.
In Year 2, children complete Phase 6 phonics developing their fluency in reading and learning new spelling patterns.
Phonics sessions are always interactive, fun and engaging.
In Year 1 all pupils complete a statutory Phonics Screening Check in the summer term.