At Stanmore Primary School, we encourage every child to ‘Be the BEST you can be’. In order to fulfil this mission statement, we strive to build foundations to enable every child to become literate, preparing them with the skills for adult life. The English teaching we provide should allow all children to fulfil their potential while giving them the skills to understand and use language in all its aspects. We aim to engage all children in high quality learning experiences in order to foster passions for life long reading; while providing the confidence to communicate effectively in both speech and writing.
Believing literacy has the power to enrich lives, we will strive to ensure every child develops the confidence and competence to embrace literature in its many forms. This policy statement outlines all that is important to our school in the teaching and learning of our English Curriculum. Our aim is to ensure that all staff teach English in the most effective way possible through the implementation of the English Programmes of Study in the National Curriculum 2014 and daily synthetic phonics programme to allow all our children to develop confidence and competence in English skills regardless of gender, ethnicity or social/economic background.
Grammar and Punctuation
We believe that being able to use punctuation and grammar effectively is an essential skill. Grammar is concerned with the way in which sentences are used in spoken language, in reading and in writing. Sentences are the construct which help give words their sense. The purpose of grammar teaching is to enable pupils to become conscious of patterns of language which they can apply in their own work to enhance meaning. The purpose of punctuation is to clarify the meaning of texts. Readers use punctuation to help make sense of written texts while writers use punctuation to help communicate intended meaning to the reader.
We believe that neat, well formed handwriting and presentation of written work helps to raise standards. It helps pupils to take pride in and have a sense of ownership of their work. Handwriting is a skill which, like reading and spelling, affects written communication across the curriculum. Given effective teaching, handwriting can be mastered by most pupils by the time they are seven or eight years old enabling them, with practice, to go on to develop a faster and more mature hand ready for secondary school and adult life.
We recognise that reading is fundamental to children’s ability to succeed across the curriculum. We encourage reading across all subjects, using our integrated curriculum to inspire children. We aim to give reading opportunities related to meaningful contexts, and where there is a recognisable purpose behind the reading. We choose texts which are relevant and meaningful to Stanmore school children.
Spelling and Phonics
The teaching of early reading and writing skills will be supported through high-quality phonic work, taught systematically and discretely. The progression of the 'Letters and Sounds' phonics programme used in school provides the structure for all phonics teaching.