In this section of the website, you will find information about our approach to teaching English at Ferryhill Station Primary School.
The English curriculum comprises the inter-related areas of:
- Speaking and Listening
Speaking and Listening
Speaking and listening are at the heart of children’s learning. Children need to be confident communicators and careful listeners in order to learn about the world in which they live. Language skills are crucial to access the curriculum and before children can read and write they need to be confident in their speaking and listening skills.
Through taking part in a wide range of activities in both Literacy lessons and throughout the wider curriculum, we support children in developing the ability to speak with confidence and clarity. We encourage them to develop their understanding of new words and enjoy using language to share ideas and communicate with their peers and adults. We want our children to be increasingly able to choose the most appropriate ways to speak in different situations and to different audiences. Children will have the opportunity to take part in drama sessions, class discussions and circle times, performing in assemblies and concerts, all of which help develop their speaking skills. We also encourage our children to be active listeners, learning from others and responding to the ideas of their peers and adults.
At Ferryhill Station Primary, we want reading to be a positive and rewarding experience for every child and we aim to support our children in developing a long- lasting pleasure for reading. Children need to be able to read to access learning in all other subjects.
In line with the National Curriculum, we teach children to develop their skills in:
- word reading and fluency
At Ferryhill Station Primary School, we stimulate children’s writing by using high quality books and novels to set context. Alongside this, we teach the children the spelling, punctuation and grammar they need to know in order to be successful. In this school, when children complete their phonics programme, they further develop their spelling through focused Read Write Inc Spelling lessons. We encourage children to use books as a stimulus to develop their ideas for writing, editing as they go, so that they always submit their best work for teachers to mark. Please see our long term plans for more detail.