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Padstow School



English is held at the core of our curriculum. Our aim is for our pupils to be confident and enthusiastic speakers, readers and writers. We embed opportunities and activities for the development and consolidation of these skills throughout all aspects of each day. Included in this provision are opportunities for speaking and drama activities as well as reading and writing in different styles and for different purposes and across cultures.

We place a high priority on speaking and listening because children need a fluent command of language in order to understand the cultural, intellectual and spiritual aspects of the world. To develop this, they need exposure to language through first-hand experiences, quality conversations and access to quality literature.

Pupils learning to tell stories from memory is a great way to learn all sorts of essential skills. Children who fill up with stories by listening and retelling create an inner store of language, ideas and imagination. They will then draw upon this store in their work and life. Speaking, listening, confidence, empathy, ideas, facts, sequences, plots … you name it, storytelling can teach it.  Each class teacher links the current topic to a range of books and reads to the children at the end of the day.   Topics are also chosen for their relevance and interest for our learners.

We use the RWI programme to teach our children to read, write and spell to successfully support our pupils to do well in the phonics screening check in Y1.  This is built on in Y2 with the children learning to read with greater fluency and able to answer questions about the texts they read giving them the best chance of success in the KS1 tests.  In Key Stage 2, children continue to develop and apply their phonic knowledge through a carefully structured and progressive programme of spellings.  Intervention and differentiation are targeted for those children who require additional support.