The National Curriculum divides English into four areas:
- Spoken Language
- Writing: Spelling and Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation
- Writing: Composition
Being a ‘core’ subject English is given a high priority in the timetable but, of course, these skills overlap into almost every school subject and certainly help children to achieve in them. As well as teaching how to speak, listen, read and write, we aim to foster a delight in the written and spoken word. All children have a natural love of stories and rhymes. The sharing of books at home is an important part of the young child’s learning. We hope you will continue to enjoy books together throughout your child’s life at Little Dewchurch and write comments in their reading diary whenever possible.
Children are encouraged to write in a wide range of styles, for a variety of reasons and for different audiences. We utilise a Big Write programme to encourage the children to write extended pieces of work.
Alongside these opportunities to be creative and expressive, the skills of spelling, grammar and handwriting are taught systematically from Reception to Year 6. Children are often expected to learn spellings at home and may be given special sheets to help with this. Parents should try to ensure the children learn the words and return the sheets on the correct day. The learning of language is a partnership between school and home. It has been shown over many years that children are more motivated to do well if supported by their families – we really appreciate your support.