EnglishAt Mangotsfield CE Primary School, we follow the new National Curriculum for English. We aim to deliver an inspiring English curriculum through lessons which encourage pupils to read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding; have an interest in words and their meanings and a growing vocabulary; plan, draft, revise and edit their own writing; be interested in books, read with enjoyment and evaluate and justify their preferences and develop their powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness. We endeavor to nurture a love of literature and language, and instil children with the confidence to continue reading and writing throughout their lives.
At Mangotsfield we believe that from EYFS and Year One, children ‘Learn to Read’ enabling them from Year Two to ‘Read to Learn. This is our reading slogan that can be seen in every classroom. As soon as the children start school they begin to learn that all print carries meaning. We have a structured and multifaceted approach to the teaching of reading at our school.
We use picture books, novels and factual texts to engage and stimulate learning, ensuring children enjoy high quality writing that elevates their knowledge and understanding. Children are encouraged to read widely both in and outside school and we are proud of the texts we have in classrooms and our excellent school library that is the heart of our school.
Please see the homework section of our website for recommended reading lists and suggested questions to support home reading with your child.
Phonics is recommended as a strategy that children should be taught in the early stages of learning to read. It is a way of decoding written letters and spoken sounds. This approach to learning to read encourages children to decode words by sounds, rather than by recognising whole words.
Learning to read is like cracking a code, so teaching phonics is a way of teaching children to crack the code. As reading is the key to learning it is important that we teach phonics clearly and systematically; the order of teaching these sounds has been specially developed at Mangotsfield so that children can start reading complete words as soon as possible.
In Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, children use their phonics skills to spell words as well as learning the High Frequency words (including tricky words). As children progress through the school, they are taught spelling rules and patterns. All children are expected to learn their spellings as part of their home learning and will be tested on these during a weekly test in school.
Learning to make the transition from spoken to written language is a key skill for children to learn as early as possible. This transition is made through exposure to a wide variety of written texts and through purposeful opportunities to practise their developing skills.
Speaking and Listening
Speaking and listening activities are purposefully woven throughout our curriculum from EYFS to Year Six. Good oral work enhances pupils' understanding of language, in both oral and written forms, and of the way language can be used to communicate. As children develop, we foster their understanding of speech and their abilities to express their thoughts, feelings and ideas in words.