English

At Wixams Tree Primary School, literacy is taught in an exciting, stimulating and enjoyable way. There are four main elements to the English curriculum – spoken language, writing, reading and grammar, punctuation and spelling. English at Wixams Tree Primary School is taught mostly through a cross-curricular approach but some elements are discretely taught.

a child working with the interactive screens learning about word construction

Spoken Language

Our approach to speaking and listening is cross-curricular and holistic. There are also discrete opportunities for the development of spoken language through show and tell, formal and informal presentations, discussion, debate and drama

Reading

Writing

Much of the writing at Wixams Tree Primary School is cross-curricular in nature, giving children a real purpose and context in which to write, also covering a variety of genres. Writing can be produced individually, as a pair or in groups with a variety of inspirations to reflect the wide variety of reasons to write in everyday life. Children enjoy many opportunities to share their work with each other and, at times, other year groups.

Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar

Spelling, punctuation and grammar are taught discretely to enable children to use language more creatively and with greater understanding and confidence. Spellings are tested on a weekly basis.

children practicing spelling on white boards

Reading

At Wixams Tree Primary School, we strive to ensure that children are able to access information and the curriculum whilst finding pleasure in reading. All classes, from Reception are read with on a regular basis and we find that sharing a book together is a precious experience. Phonics form the daily basis of reading development in EYFS and phonically decodable reading books, as well as simple fiction or non-fiction books, are used to develop children’s reading skills.

At Wixams Tree Primary School we use a variety of resources to support reading, children are listened to on a daily basis through a guided reading group with a teacher or teaching assistant. Children who struggle with reading are listened to with 1-2-1 adult support. Phonics is taught on a regular basis. In Years 1 and 2 there remains a focus on individual readers to begin with and children continue to work through the stages of, Collins Big Cat and Oxford Reading Tree until they are fluent enough and, most importantly, have sufficient understanding of text to move on to chapter books. As well as individually, children read in guided reading sessions.

In Key Stage 2, as children become more fluent readers, there is a more independent emphasis on reading. Weekly guided reading and discrete comprehension sessions help children develop strategies to explore texts and respond to a variety of questions.

Parents are encouraged to become involved in the development of their child’s reading by sharing books with and reading to their child/ren. Your child will bring home a variety of books to read and share with other family members. This valuable link between home and school can help enormously and be rewarding for the parent or carer as well as for the child.

children reading books