Why we teach English at Headfield Junior School
At Headfield Junior School, we aim to promote the highest standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a secure understanding and strong command of the spoken and written word and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. Our curriculum is rich in opportunities to develop reading, writing and speaking and listening skills and these areas are at the heart of all we do.
How does studying English help children to achieve?
English is a subject in its own right and underpins the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is a fundamental foundation for success in all subjects and life as it gives pupils the key to effective learning. Language skills are essential to participating fully as a valued and valuable member of society.
How we teach English
English is an all-encompassing and essential component of everything we teach at Headfield. The elements of reading, writing and speaking and listening are intrinsically linked in a rich and varied English curriculum. Staff have worked hard to develop planning sequences to immerse children in the chosen text, following the pattern of reading, discussion, analysis and writing. Through channelling the author’s skill and talent, pupils develop a love of reading and writing, as they develop strong literacy skills.
Speaking and Listening
We recognise the importance of oral language as a communicative process, with speaking and listening receiving prominence in the English curriculum, alongside reading and writing. Speaking and listening in the classroom serve both social and educational purposes. That is, speaking and listening is central to self-expression and communicating with others, as well as acting as a cognitive tool for learning. Children at Headfield have opportunities to develop their thinking and solve problems through collaborative talk; deepen understanding of texts and situations through drama; and take part in presentations and scripted performances.
Additional Interventions in English
At times through each child's educational journey, teachers offer additional support to children of all ability levels to allow them to work in small groups or on a 1 to 1 basis to have focused learning time to embed particular skills, which may be gaps in learning or an opportunity to push children to reach their highest potential. These are a selection of English based interventions we offer:
- SULP - Social Use of Language Programme where children learn about language associated with different contexts.
- Small group reading comprehension often focusing on a particular skill such as inference or vocabulary development
- 1-1 reading support
- SALT - Speech and Language Therapy specifically designed by speech and language specialists to develop children's understanding of common words in the English language and support with pronunciation.
- Rapid Catch Up Phonics