Speaking, listening, reading and writing are an essential part of all activities in the curriculum. At Seven Stars Primary School we aim to provide children with a wide range of creative and inspiring activities to develop and embed these skills. We strive for children to develop a love of reading and the ability to write confidently and fluently. We encourage our pupils to take pride in their work and to aim for the highest standards in writing and presentation.
The National Curriculum for English aims to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English 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
- 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.
All classes have:
- Working walls for both English units and SPaG which are used and relevant for the work in the children’s books
- Writing and Reading targets displayed
- Vocabulary displayed
- Writing and Reading resources which are accessible
- Inviting book areas and lending libraries set up
- Cross-curricular writing examples
- Places to celebrate children’s achievements in writing
- Comprehension activities/ challenge boards/cards/areas
Staff at Seven stars are constantly attending training to improve their practice and knowledge. Training is delivered by the subject leader along with Lancashire Literacy Consultants. We have recently had training focussing on grammar, spelling and boys writing.