Literacy

Phonics

Children at Sowe Valley learn phonics using the Phonics Fairy Scheme. The skills and techniques are taught from Reception to Year 2. However children who require further support get it in the form of intervention. Reception parents are offered a Phonics workshop in the Autumn term.

Reading

Intent
The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

The national curriculum for Reading aims to ensure that all pupils:

– 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

At Sowe Valley, we value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We intend to use reading to provoke thought within children and encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, to gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills. Our intention is to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to decode words in order to be able to read fluently, with an understanding of what they have read, and with confidence. At Sowe Valley, we promote reading for pleasure and we are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of reading in everyday life, and are able to use their developed reading skills to support them as the progress through life.

Immersion

  • Every child will have the experience of reading to a younger child
  • Every child will have the opportunity to meet an author
  • Every child will have the opportunity to read with confidence when performing to an audience in events at school regularly e.g. Christmas productions, End of Year productions, Class Assemblies
  • Every child will have the opportunity to visit the birthplace of Shakespeare
  • Children will have the opportunity to join a local library
Speaking and Listening

Intent
The National Curriculum for spoken language aims to ensure that pupils are taught to:
– Listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers

– Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge

– Use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary

– Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions

– Give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including for expressing feelings

– Maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments

– Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas

– Speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English

– Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates

– Gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)

– Consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others

– Select and use appropriate registers for effective communication.

– Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate

At Sowe Valley, we believe spoken language to be fundamental to the achievement of our pupils. We provide our children with a range of cross-curricula speaking opportunities with an aim to enable children to improve their levels of speaking so that all pupils are able to communicate effectively and confidently in front of any type of audience.  Children at Sowe Valley are encouraged to explore ideas through talk; challenge each other’s opinions and develop their own reasoned arguments, as well as talking in full sentences with a clear and confident voice. We strive to develop spoken language skills through the taught curriculum, playtimes and lunchtimes, extra-curricular activities and the whole ethos of the school. As a staff, we therefore foster good communication amongst ourselves and with our pupils, their parents and carers, and with the wider community. We place a high priority on supporting the development of good speaking and listening skills amongst our pupils.

Immersion

  • Every child will have the opportunity to participate in a debate
  • Every child will have the opportunity to read to a younger child
  • Every child will have the opportunity to complete annual VIP presentations to their class

Every child will have the opportunity to perform to an audience e.g. End of year productions, Christmas productions and class assemblies.

Writing

Intent

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

The national curriculum for Writing aims to ensure that all pupils:
– 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

At Sowe Valley, writing is an integral part of our curriculum and therefore all children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their writing skills across the curriculum. It is our intention that pupils develop a clear understanding of the writing process in order to establish themselves as an author in their own right. At Sowe Valley, we foster pupils’ interest in writing and take pupils on a writing journey which builds their knowledge of writing for purpose, allows opportunities for the children to explore a variety of genres, planning, drafting and re-drafting their writing. It is our intention at Sowe Valley to broaden our pupils’ exposure to high level vocabulary to allow pupils to apply their understanding of vocabulary and grammatical features within and across the English curriculum.

We intend that pupils at Sowe Valley learn how to understand the relationships between words, word meaning, implied meaning and figurative language within writing lessons, whilst ensuring that children are supported in their spelling strategies. We teach pupils how to work out and clarify the meanings of unknown words and words with more than one meaning.

Immersion

  • Every child will have the opportunity to write and post a letter
  • Every child will have the opportunity to visit the birthplace of Shakespeare
  • Every child will have the opportunity to participate in blogging
  • Every child will have the opportunity to perform to an audience
  • Children will be given the opportunity to enter competitions e.g. Young Writers