English has a pivotal place in education and in society. At Wendell Park we believe that a high quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others. In addition, through their reading and listening, a good understanding of English allows others to communicate effectively with them.
Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially, and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development in our school. Furthermore, reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. We aim to help children become enthusiastic, reponsive and knowledgeable readers.
At Wendell Park, English is taught daily and children are given an abundance of opportunities to develop the key skills required to succeed. We provide opportunities for regular extended writing so that children can develop their skills in writing for a variety of audiences and purposes.
When children first begin at our school they are encouraged to present their writing in a way that is appropriate to the purpose and for a variety of audiences. From Year 1 oneards, writing activities for children are given meaningful contexts, often linked to other subjects of the curriculum within the cross-curricular topics. For example, children learning about Ancient Greece in Year 5 may write non chronological reports on The Ancient Olympic Games. Children in Year 3 learning about how our earth is changing may write letters to the local council offering suggestions for reducing pollution. Grammar and punctuation are important aspects of English teaching at Wendell Park, with children learning how to construct different kinds of sentences and make these clear to the reader by using accurate punctuation throughout. Children also partake in regular handwriting sessions where they are encouraged to use cursive script to present their ideas neatly accurately.
The development of children's language is vital to their success across the curriculum. By the time they leave us at the end of year 6, we want every child to be able to speak clearly and with confidence as well as developed a love of reading and writing. We aim to teach children to communicate effectively in speech and writing and to listen with understanding.