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It is our intention that the English curriculum at Southfields encourages our pupils to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to become lifelong learners and excellent communicators so that they are well equipped for the next stage in their education. We offer children an exciting, broad, balanced and engaging curriculum which takes account of National Curriculum requirements and recognises the individual developmental needs of our children. Our curriculum celebrates the individual experiences and cultures that children bring to our school, engaging them and inspiring them to develop a natural curiosity and a thirst for learning. We strive to ensure that all our pupils receive relevant learning experiences when reading, writing, speaking and listening which will equip them with the fundamental tools to achieve both at school and beyond. We endeavour to ensure that we provide pupils with a ‘language rich’ environment, ensuring that vocabulary is taught across the curriculum and addresses gaps in pupil’s knowledge and skills. Reading is at the core of the English Curriculum, immersing pupils in the wonders of quality texts to instil a love for reading, a passion for discovery and a confidence to explore their imagination. Everyone at Southfields values the importance of reading for pleasure, understanding the importance of how reading impacts on learning and communication.
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Helping your child with Phonics, Reading and Writing at home
Regular reading at home is crucial from Nursery to Year 6. It is important that parents listen to children read and ask them about texts in order to develop comprehension skills. Sharing books is also just as important as listening to a child read; this promotes a love of reading and shows the people around them as readers too.
Alongside their school reading book the children have a reading journal to develop their comprehension skills. We encourage the children to read other texts such as a library book, a magazine or a newspaper. Any reading at home is recorded in the child’s reading record.
To further support;
- We provide online resources to support all aspects of English which children and families can use free of cost at home. Southfields currently provides access to Education City and Oxford Owl.
- Linked Home Learning Projects provide children and parents with opportunities for independent learning outside of school; choices that require the children to use the English skills that they have learnt in class. This practice of using and applying English skills, including outside trips or visits, is key to embedding and consolidating learning. Whilst completing these projects, as with any written homework, children should practise their handwriting skills. Developing ‘fluency and comprehension’ in reading and writing is one of our key drivers that we focus on in school.
- Children will learn spelling skills in class and practise these in a variety of ways. Regular practice of spellings will help your child to become faster and more accurate when writing – helping them in every area of the curriculum. The website www.spellingframe.co.uk/ is strongly recommended to help support your child’s practice of spellings.