We firmly believe English unites the important literacy skills of:
- Speaking and listening
- Grammar, punctuation and spelling (GPS).
At Heatherley Primary School we recognise that English is a core subject within the new National Curriculum 2014 and a pre-requisite for educational and social progress. We believe that literacy and communication are key life skills and that language allows children to communicate creatively and imaginatively as well as enabling them to engage with the world at large. We aim to teach English across our curriculum, encouraging writing at length in topic work.
We also intend to help children to enjoy and appreciate literature and its rich variety. We teach English through high quality texts. Please see out non-negotiables further down this page which detail where children need to be by the end of the year.
We teach phonics in the following ways:
- through Direct phonics;
- through Personalised phonics boosters;
- through Direct phonics adapted to pupil’s individual needs;
- Use of book bands Pink to Burgundy to take home.
- We systematically set homework through “Bug Club”.
- Unlimited exchanges of books through Nottinghamshire County Council’s Education Library Service. This ensures that the library is well stocked with a range of books to suit reading ability and interests.
- We teach “Rainbow Grammar” throughout KS1 and KS2.
- Writing is encouraged in every subject. We create a vast amount of opportunities for children to write. This can often be in a variety of formats, to engage all writers.