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ENGLISH

At Mayfield CE Primary School, we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills. Through the English curriculum, we help children to develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language, equipping them with the skills to become lifelong learners. Our aim is to provide children with opportunities to both enjoy and appreciate literature, immersing them in experiences which celebrate the rich variety found within it.

English is one of the National Curriculum core subjects and we recognise the crucial part it plays in the development of each child across the curriculum. We aim to help and enable children to both communicate with others effectively and develop their ability to examine and explore a range of experiences, feelings and ideas. We feel it is important for children to be attentive and active listeners as well as develop their ability to express themselves both verbally and in writing.

Ultimately, as with all areas of the curriculum, we believe in a quality first teaching approach whereby the skills and experience of our teachers tailor learning to match the needs of any given child or class. We aim to enthuse, encourage and engage the children we teach, enabling them to always reach their full potential.

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WRITING AT MAYFIELD

At Mayfield, our aim is to develop confident, capable and creative writers. It is our vision to create an ethos across the school that promotes a genuine love of writing. We will give pupils the tools they need and encourage them to express themselves, communicate with others and write independently for a range of purposes. They will learn to reflect, evaluate and improve the effectiveness of their own writing and the writing of others.

We ensure that our pupils are engaged with topic-based learning and that all pupils, regardless of ability, are able to achieve. We use high quality texts, alongside our teaching, to demonstrate different styles of writing, creative flair and technical accuracy. We weave grammar skills into every English lesson to ensure pupils are understanding the terminology and using it effectively in their writing.

READING AT MAYFIELD

Here at Mayfield, we feel that reading is an integral skill that should be promoted for enjoyment, for learning and as a means of exploring other worlds, times and places. Reading helps children to grow and develop across the entire curriculum.  Regular access to quality literature develops a wider vocabulary base, better understanding of other cultures and the world around us and therefore helps children to become better communicators and writers.

We strive to provide opportunities for children to both get lost in a book and to have discussions with others about shared texts. Across the school, reading corners are filled with engaging texts and the library is kept up-to-date with relevant childrens’ titles. Most of our writing in class stems from quality texts that are chosen to both enthuse and educate.  From Reception through to Year 6, children are regularly read to and read with to help them develop a deeper understanding and love of literature and the world around them.

In Early Years and Key Stage 1 (and beyond if appropriate) children are given books which are colour banded according to their level of difficulty. Regular opportunities are provided in school to read with an adult and we ask parents and carers to help by reading with their child as often as they are able to. Once children have achieved above Lime level, they will become a free reader. To move through the levels, children must demonstrate fluency and appropriate comprehension skills; it is important that children read books that are closely matched to their stage of phonic development. We also encourage the children to read non-banded books alongside their scheme books so that they are introduced to a wealth of different literary styles from an early age.

PHONICS AT MAYFIELD

Confident reading and accurate spelling are essential skills that allow children to communicate their understanding in all curriculum subjects. In order for children to develop into effective and confident spellers, they need to develop and use a range of spelling strategies. For this to be achieved, spelling is taught actively and explicitly with the understanding that the greatest impact on spelling is achieved when children are encouraged to use new spellings and their associated rules in their writing. Children gather and gain these skills and understand spelling patterns by progressing through the phonic phases. Regular assessment and analysis of phonic knowledge and spelling ensures that the right support is provided and tailored to the specific needs of the child and year group.

Children in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 are taught phonics every day following the DfE 'Letters and Sounds' programme supported by Phonics Play, Reading Eggs and other materials and websites where appropriate.

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