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Glenfield Primary School

Glenfield
Primary School

English

As a school, we aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written word. We believe that developing a love of our language in our children is vital in achieving success at school and later in life.

We believe that English  skills should always be at the forefront of children's academic learning and much of the speaking and listening, reading and writing skills and knowledge our pupils   learn are incorporated and embedded throughout other  areas of the curriculum. 

Reading

At Glenfield Primary School we promote reading and the love of books for all children. Each child is encouraged to read regularly at home either using the colour coded reading books from a range of publishers, including The Oxford Reading Tree, Project X and Collins Big Cat, or to borrow books from the library. We are able to provide the pupils with the opportunity to choose from an excellent selection of good quality texts. Pupils' independence skills are developed as they are all taught to use “The Junior Librarian” system to log books both in and out of the library. This teaches the children about having a responsibility to care and respect the books borrowed. All children are expected to keep the library tidy.

We are very fortunate to have the support of our wonderful volunteer, Eleanor Hudson, who spends one day a week at the school, organising library resources and keeping the system up to date.

Children who read for pleasure gain a richer vocabulary, more knowledge, critical thinking skills and become independent learners. As such, all pupils participate in at least one adult led Guided Reading session a week. Guided reading sessions at Glenfield  are timetabled as a ‘cycle of activities’ which include opportunities to prepare for, or extend, their guided reading. This approach is used to provide opportunities for pupils to read independently. Work is evidenced through the use of Reading journals, where children respond to what they have read.

We encourage pupils to read with an adult daily and all pupils have a "Reading Record Book" which is checked regularly. Each term, the school has a "Reading Raffle". All pupils who have been reading regularly are entered into the draw to win special books or vouchers.

Writing

The combined elements of composition, grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting are taught in English sessions and applied across the curriculum. Pupils are given many opportunities to write at length for a wide range of purposes and audiences. Writing is inspired by the books they read, their experiences and the wider curriculum. From an early age, children are taught to plan their writing and to edit their ideas where appropriate.

Spelling are taught through Phonics sessions in Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage, This continues in Key Stage 2 for those pupils who need it. Opportunities to teach and improve spelling are provided throughout the day and pupils are also encouraged to learn spellings at home.

Please see the handwriting Scheme detials in the PARENTS' INFORMATION section of this website.

Children are expected to take a pride in their work and a high standard of presentation is expected at all times.