English at Blenheim
English teaching at Blenheim will provide children with the opportunity to develop their speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. They will become confident speakers and attentive listeners. This in turn will develop their ability to understand texts and write clearly. With more and more information available on PCs, Laptops and IPads, children will taught the value of books as vehicles for reading for pleasure and as sources of information. Also, with the advent of text messaging and emails, children will be taught the importance of putting pen to paper. Key age-appropriate spellings are sent home weekly and reflecting the emphasis placed on spelling, punctuation and grammar. Pupils are also expected to develop their handwriting in discrete lessons. Pupils are taught how to write in the cursive style and are encouraged to start joining their letters from an early age. Our pupils are rewarded for their neat handwriting by receiving a pen licence which is presented to them in front of the whole-school.
English Vision Statement
English is a vital way of communicating, in school, in public life and internationally. Literature in English is rich and influential, reflecting the experience of people from many countries and times. In studying English, pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively. Pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts. The study of English helps pupils understand how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Using this knowledge, pupils can choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations.
Children at Blenheim will be taught phonics to give them the skills to blend sounds for reading and segment words for writing. They will study a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction texts in Guided Reading and English lessons. They will be taught how to develop key comprehension skills including prediction, summarising, retrieval and inference. Children are encouraged to read both with parents/carers at least five times a week as well as read independently. Pupils will learn how to compose clear sentences in order to express their ideas. They will be encouraged to up-level their work and be taught a wide range of techniques in order to do this, including using powerful vocabulary, different sentence types and a range of punctuation. To complement this, children will be taught spelling strategies, different types of punctuation and how to write using the correct grammar in separate lessons.