Welcome to the English page!
At Callicroft, we seek to develop pupils’ skills in all aspects of English: in speaking, listening, drama, reading and writing. English is essential in all our learning and we want children to fall in love with the subject and with learning!
We all use English:
- to communicate - both through speech and writing
- to learn – to help us make sense of our experiences
- to think - to help organise our ideas
We aim to support and encourage all children:
- to have a love of language: to enjoy the sound of unusual and interesting words, to try to use them in their speech and in writing
- to communicate effectively through speech – listening to others and speaking clearly and confidently
- to have a love of reading: to be able to enjoy ‘getting lost in a book’, reading a story, play or poem, or finding out something new from a non-fiction text
- to read fluently and confidently
- to develop research skills – to be able to access information for themselves
- to think critically for themselves about what they have read - to decide whether what they have read is true or not; to consider whether they agree or disagree with it; to choose what they like and don’t like, etc.
- to use writing to communicate effectively
- to write creatively and imaginatively, enjoying the act of writing
Reading to Writing
At Callicroft we are now using 'The Power of Reading' to inspire our children to love reading and become writers! This involves becoming immersed in high quality texts from all genres. in turn alllowing us to write in different genres using our understanding of the text and new vocabulary that we encounter while reading! As teachers, we want the children to love the books we read together and be inspired to read for enjoyment in their own time. The benefits of reading widely on writing and language for communication are great which is why this way of teaching writing is so valuable.
We teach and use the cursive script at Callicroft from Reception onwards - there are many benefits to this. It encourages a natural flow when writing and writing becomes quicker and easier. It is also recommended by the dyslexia foundation. Please take a look at the website link below!
Phonics / Spelling
At Callicroft we follow an intensive phonics scheme which is in line with the expectations of the new National Curriculum. This is supported by Pearson’s ‘Phonics Bug’ resources. Phonics teaching is daily and children are grouped according to ability across EYFS and KS1. When children are secure in their phonics, children will then focus on spelling rules and word investigations.
Here at Callicroft, we have 2 libraries, one in KS1 and another in KS2, where children have access to a wide selection of high quality, interesting and attractive non-fiction texts, stories, poetry and plays.
There is a range of imaginative and enjoyable independent reading books at all levels which children borrow to read at home and in school. We also have selections of group reading books at all levels which teachers use in school to help children to develop their English skills. Besides books, we use a range of resources to support the children in their learning of English, such as interactive whiteboards, dvds, computers, cameras and Kindles
We encourage children to read daily at home and have strong links with our local library. All staff value reading in our school, high quality texts are shared in a daily story time from reception to year 6 with a high emphasis on 'reading for pleasure'.