English

English has a vital place in education and society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading, particularly, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Reading also enables pupils to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.

At Kings Ash we follow the National Curriculum for English which covers speaking and listening, reading and writing. English is taught daily in all year groups.

Reading

Introducing a new ‘Extreme Reading’ initiative to Kings Ash Academy

At Kings Ash Academy we aim to give children a wide range of reading experiences, so that they begin to develop a life-long love of reading. All children are provided a reading diary where reading at home, as well as at school, is recorded.

At Kings Ash Academy we have phased in the Read Write Inc. programme, across our Foundation and Key Stage 1 classes since September 2015. Some Key Stage 2 pupils have also accessed the programme to consolidate their reading skills.

Read Write Inc. programmes are carefully matched to the new curriculum, giving our children the best chance of success in their reading. The lessons, taught in smaller class sizes, encourage children step-by-step, to become fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

Reading comprehension is taught throughout the school. In KS2 the Cracking Comprehension series is used, which builds on comprehension skills throughout each year.

We recommend the following website, where a wealth of ideas, information and games are available to support reading at home:

http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents

To encourage a love of reading, children may earn certificates and prizes for 20, 40, 60, 80 or 100 reads. Earning a certificate also earns them a rosette with their name on which is added to the Reading Board in the main corridor.

Writing

At KAA we aim to inspire children to write through relating writing to their cross curricular theme and other areas of interest. Writing is then given an audience and a purpose. We use high quality texts as examples where children analyse text and language features so that they may use them in their own writing. Children are also taught how to proofread, edit and evaluate their own writing in order to improve it. Skills that are learnt in English lessons can then be transferred to their writing in other areas of the curriculum.

Talk for Writing is embedded in our teaching of writing, which gives children the opportunity to rehearse their ideas orally before writing. These lessons also provide a platform for practising skills in speaking and listening.

Punctuation and Grammar are taught in context through text level work giving children a firm understanding of the purpose and function of the different elements of a sentence. On occasion, punctuation and grammar may also be taught discretely. Previous learning is continually revisited and revised.

Spelling patterns and rules are practised daily and follow the National Curriculum spelling lists. In KS2 we follow the Read, Write Inc spelling programme to learn new patterns and rules, but also revise previously learnt spellings frequently.

Handwriting builds on the letter formation taught in the Foundation Stage and towards the end of Year, entry and exit flicks are introduced. Cursive handwriting writing is practised in all year groups and by the end of KS2 children are expected to have achieved a fluent, joined handwriting style.

To encourage children to always use their best handwriting, Pen Licences can be earned which are awarded in the Rewards Assembly and their name is added to the Star Writers Board.

Assessment in Writing

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Tests are completed each half term and at the end of each year. The tests allow children to acknowledge what they have achieved and what they need to revise. The results of the tests are analysed so that they may also inform teachers’ planning.

Big Writes are completed each half term which provide evidence of all aspects of writing.

We aim to promote a love of writing through a range of initiatives:

  • Inviting well known authors, storytellers and journalists into school to work with the children.
  • Children who produce high quality writing are awarded a Star Writer certificate, which is awarded in the Rewards Assembly, and their writing is displayed on the Star Writers Board.
  • Organising writing theme days.
  • Encouraging children to enter local and National writing competitions.

English is taught through learning, understanding and applying age-related skills as set out in the National Curriculum programmes of study. When children are unable to access age-related objectives or need additional consolidation of skills, they are selected to join an intervention group in either reading or writing.

Literacy and Language is used in lower KS2 to bridge the gap between Read Write Inc and National Curriculum objectives.

In Years 5 and 6 some children may follow the Fresh Start Programme.