The National Curriculum states, ‘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. …. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised’
At Stratford-sub-Castle CE Primary School English is taught through discrete lessons and skills are focussed on in other curriculum areas. We aim to link our English units with the class’s current topic if appropriate. In EYFS & Key Stage 1 there is a daily reading and a daily writing phonics session and in Key Stage 2 there is a daily Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling (GPS) session (see below for further information).
We use the Pie Corbett approach to English – Talk for Writing (http://www.talk4writing.co.uk/about/) Talk for Writing is powerful because it enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version. Pie gives a brief explanation of the basic principle of Talk for Writing . It builds on 3 key stages: imitation, innovation and invention.