The effectiveness of literacy teaching determines the success of the whole curriculum. Language is cross-curricular - it is an essential element of learning in all areas of the curriculum. English is a vital way of communicating with peers and adults within school, at home and within the wider community.
Pupils develop skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing. These skills enable them to express themselves not only creatively and imaginatively but also effectively and concisely in formal and informal situations.
Talking is fundamental to a pupil’s learning. Pupils are encouraged and helped to talk clearly, confidently and with expression in order to communicate ideas and feelings. Similarly, the need to listen to others and respond appropriately is valued by all pupils and staff.
Through mainstream teaching and small group intervention, children are provided with opportunities across the whole curriculum to develop skills in speaking and listening.
Reading at Buckingham Primary School not only teaches children the skills to read with confidence, fluency and understanding but, also fosters a genuine desire to read for pleasure and purpose.
We encourage our pupils to become enthusiastic and critical readers of all genres. Children and teachers discuss texts read by children, which provides opportunities to develop critical analysis of texts from a young age. Reading diaries are used to record home reading for younger pupils, whilst children in Years 5 & 6 are encouraged to independently record their love for reading in their chosen style. Guidance is provided for parents regarding how best to actively engage children in reading which impacts positively on a child’s writing.
Children should see their writing as having purpose and regard themselves as authors. Naturally they will be provided with regular opportunity to develop the necessary writing skills required for different purposes and audiences. Equally children at Buckingham Primary School are encouraged to develop their own creativity in their writing.
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