At Lower Wortley Primary School we strive to ensure that all children are literate and engage with reading and writing. In Upper Key Stage 2 we aim that all children should be able to:
- read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, using a range of strategies to self-monitor and correct
- have an interest in books and read for enjoyment
- have an interest in words, their meanings; further developing their vocabulary in spoken and written forms
- understand a range of text types and genres – be able to write in a variety of styles depending on the situation
- be developing the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness
- have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses
- use accurate grammar and structure of language as well as spell accurately
To achieve these aims the children experience a range of English related activities each day.
Children have mixed ability English lessons with their class teacher. We place a lot of emphasis on writing independently and children are given regular opportunities to write in a range of styles and for different purposes. English skills are developed across the curriculum and strong links are made between English and topic work. In January 2015 we began using the Talk for Writing scheme which enables children to develop their written work through spoken language.
Children take part in regular guided and individual reading as well as further developing their reading comprehension skills through taught reading comprehension sessions. In addition the children enjoy listening to their teacher read in order to develop a love of reading and enjoyment of books.
Provision is made for children who require extra support through intervention and differentiated class teaching.
Some children also have regular support with spelling, phonics and handwriting in addition to their English work.