English at Linthorpe Community Primary School
At Linthorpe, we aim to teach our pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. We promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language. Most importantly, we strive to develop a love of literature in all pupils.
Audio books and ebooks make a nice change sometimes. These sites have lots of free audio and ebooks for you to enjoy with your child.
Here is a slightly different way you could read with your child at home based on Reading Fluency sessions that we do in school. It involves and adult read, echo read and read together. Have a look at the videos and give it a try!
National Literacy Trust
The National Literacy Trust website is full of great advice on reading, lots of literacy activities and free book giveaways and it goes from birth to 11.
At Linthorpe we love to read!
This is our book bench inspired by 'The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark' by Jill Thomlinson. It was displayed at MiMA with benches from lots of other schools and will end up somewhere in Middlesbrough later this year. Look out for it!
These are the reading skills we study in KS1 and KS2.
The English curriculum includes lots of tricky grammar, punctuation and spelling. These websites include games and activities to practise these skills and also some good information for parents about what some of the terminology means.
If you need a little help with grammar, take a look at these great video resources:
In English, most extended writing will be followed up with 'Feed>>Forward' This is whole class feedback given after the teacher has read each child's work.
Rather than writing in children's books, each teacher fills in a form as they read the work, keeping record of children who need support, good examples to share with the class, whole class issues in spelling grammar and punctuation that need to be taught and so on.
The children are then getting advice and help on how to improve what they have written and, more importantly, use this advice and teaching to write their next paragraph.
Anything in green pen has been done by your child after this feedback from their teacher.
We call this immediate and focused teaching throughout the writing process Feed>>Forward.
Children start learning pre cursive handwriting in Y1 and are getting ready to join in Y2. All of our KS2 children use cursive, joined handwriting.
Vocabulary Development
Vocabulary is infused throughout the whole of our curriculum leading to pupils' greater understanding of the world around them. We have a strong aspiration to close the vocabulary gap, often seen in the learners with a range of needs so that these children can have greater success as adults and therefore greater mental health.
We deliberately teach phonics, spelling, sight vocabulary, academic and subject specific vocabulary, as well as the figurative language that makes English such a challenge to learn! This is planned into our curriculum and part of our pedagogical approaches through red and orange words, Read Write Inc, Word of the Week, LiLAC and Knowledge Organisers.
Spelling lists
These are our orange and red words: