At Leigh Primary School we are passionate about English and encourage all pupils to have a love of reading and writing. Our exciting English curriculum ensures that English skills are taught in an effective, fun and creative way. English teaching is taught both explicitly through direct lessons and underpinned through our broad range of foundation subjects. Providing a context within the foundation subjects, which gives their learning meaning, enables the children at Leigh to engage fully with the subject matter.
We use a range of quality books by respected authors to immerse the children in the magic of exciting stories and fascinating information books. We teach reading skills through 1:1 reading, small guided group teaching and whole class teaching. We make sure that all pupils have the necessary support to develop and progress. We also provide and run an excellent reading intervention programme to provide struggling readers with the extra help they need to get back on track.
To inspire the children to write, we provide them with a real life audience and purpose. For example, the pupils have written extensively about our recent trip to Ypres, Belgium, and have written stories to be shared with other classes. We use cross curricular opportunities through our Cornerstones Curriculum topics to capture their interests and spark off their imaginations by using trips and experiences as starting points for writing.
Along with reading and writing, speaking and listening is at the core of our English teaching. We encourage paired talk and oral story telling as a way for children to develop their use of language. Drama is also very important to our teaching and provides the pupils with a better understanding of plots and characters.
English teaching continues to be underpinned by daily phonics lessons, which are matched to the understanding of each child. In addition, children are involved in daily individual and group reading activities. A new scheme published by Hamilton Trust has been adopted from September 2014 which will ensure the new programmes of study from the new curriculum are adopted in full.
Throughout the school year we also organise events to promote English. For example, ‘World Book Day’ where children and staff dress up as their favourite book characters to promote discussion and writing competitions. Recently we held a descriptosaurus writing competition and you can read some of the entries below. Future projects include a whole school 'Off By Heart' poetry competition and further writing competitions.
As part of Leigh Primary School's commitment to parent partnerships we would like to share the PowerPoint presentations and handouts from our recent English sessions. These documents have been discussed and explained in our recent sessions for Early Years, KS1 and KS2. The materials and handouts given out to at these sessions are available to download below. Staff will discuss your feedback and questions further in the new term so we can improve provision here at Leigh for you and your children.
If you have any further queries with regard to the information provided in these workshops please contact Mrs Halfhide or Mrs Short (English Co-ordinator).
Writing workshop YR and KS1
Reading comprehension and writing in KS2
For information provided in the phonics workshops, please go to the phonics tab under the drop down menu for learning.