English

Our English curriculum is based on the learning objectives set out in the National Curriculum 2014 document.

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Communication, Language and Literacy are essential skills for all children to develop as they learn to become citizens of the future. CLL is taught not only in discrete, daily lessons but also across the whole curriculum, thus allowing our children to apply their knowledge and enhance their skills in a wide range of learning situations. We are great advocates of the ‘Talk For Writing’ approach and use a range of strategies to move children from being storytellers to story writers.

Drama and role-play forms a key part of writing activities

CLL encompasses all aspects of English, together with Modern Foreign Languages (French, Mandarin). We place an equal emphasis on Speaking & Listening, Reading and Writing. From their earliest time in our school, children are taught to speak clearly and coherently for different audiences and purposes. Children in the Early Years and KS1 participate in daily phonics lessons using a combination of the 'Letters and Sounds' and 'Jolly Phonics' approach.  We have a comprehensive selection of reading scheme books which are banded to show progression through the stages of early reading and children will follow this progression as they learn and develop.  Our main approach is to foster a love of reading and an enjoyment of reading for pleasure.
They take part in paired and group discussions, role play, drama, debates and presentations to both their peers and to much wider audiences.  Our children are taught the skills of being a good listener and are given many opportunities to listen to people speaking in a range of situations. We actively encourage our children to become storytellers and as the children move through the school, the children learn a repertoire of stories.

Children sharing a funny story!

Children enjoying the 'Book Cafe' during Book Week

Early Reading is introduced through a structured Phonic programme, supplemented by the acquisition of knowledge of common, phonetically irregular words. Children are encouraged to share books regularly at home, both reading to an adult and, equally as important, being read-to. We see the child’s journey as a reader as one which should be shared by both school and parents. As children become more proficient readers, we develop their higher reading skills, such as inference and deduction.  We have a very well-stocked lending library, which is open to the children throughout the day, as well as selections of books in each class.
At Ashcott, we value all children’s writing and focus on developing enthusiastic and competent writers. During the early years, children are encouraged to use their speaking skills as a precursor and aid to the written word. They are taught the skills of sentence building (grammar), handwriting and spelling. As the children progress through the school they learn about different types of writing and are given opportunities to write for real purposes and audiences. They write in all areas of the curriculum, undertaking both structured and free-writing tasks.

Author A.F.Harrold visiting the school for poetry writing workshops

Book Swap organised by the Reading Stars

Older children become reading stars and promote reading to younger children.  They organise book fairs and book swaps, listen to children read and are excellent role-models for early readers.