Statement of Intent: English
We are a school that has a literacy rich curriculum. Every member of staff is committed to ensuring all children will reach their full potential through a structured, diverse curriculum that includes clear progression. Staff draw upon their expert subject knowledge to ensure all pupils enjoy a rich English curriculum. We have an environment where talk is key to learning; we encourage pupils to discuss, teach, share ideas and critique to become confident, articulate learners by adults demonstrating and modelling these skills.
Reading and phonics are integral to the development of children as writers. We understand that oracy forms the foundations of writing from a young age and from entry to Burhill this skill is nurtured and developed from each child’s unique starting point so children transition from confident speakers to confident writers. They should be taught fluent transcriptional skills in order to enable them to develop their composition. Writing provision should be engaging and offer purpose, audience and choice to inspire creativity in all children. Differentiation should allow all learners to access writing opportunities and specific provision is made to allow this. Teachers ensure there are writing opportunities across the curriculum so that both transcriptional and compositional skills are embedded.
Phonics and Early Reading
We believe that phonics needs to be taught systematically and discretely and is the prime approach used in the teaching of early reading. The structure and organisation of daily Phonics teaching allows children to review prior learning, be taught new phonemes, practise and apply these through oral segmenting and spelling and formally write it down within a sentence. Phonics teaching is differentiated to enable each child to succeed in decoding words, applying and embedding their phonic knowledge in preparation for the next phase of their learning. Reading is actively promoted through daily story and circle times to maximise early exposure to books and reading behaviours.
Throughout the provision, children are encouraged to apply their phonic knowledge to navigate their environment and to utilise well planned resources in relation to books and story-telling. The teaching of Phonics adapts a multi-sensory approach and uses a variety of captivating and challenging games and strategies. Opportunities are provided throughout the curriculum to develop and secure children’s growing speaking, listening and language skills through a cross-curricular approach to language acquisition and a Literacy rich environment. Parental partnerships are fostered to enable children to be supported at home with their phonics and early reading development.