English

Intent

The Kingfisher Federation aims to equip every child with a high-quality education in English, that will teach pupils to communicate their ideas and emotions to a range of audiences and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. As a federation, we strive to promote the highest standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written word and grammar and develop their love of reading.

Reading

In the Kingfisher federation, we want our pupils to be literate and confident speakers, readers and writers. We want to ensure that all children are avid readers who read for enjoyment. We encourage and support all children to read a variety of genres and authors, and learn to use adventurous vocabulary in their speech and written work. Teachers use targeted questioning and the VIPERS structure to make sure that a range of reading skills are taught and explored. Through weekly guided reading sessions in key stage 2 the following reading skills are developed the highest standard; vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summarise.

We believe that reading is the key that unlocks the whole curriculum. To this end, we make sure that all children are given quality phonics teaching daily from Reception onwards using the Read Write Inc scheme (RWI). We believe that RWI Phonics is an inclusive literacy programme for all children learning to read. By delivering energetic, enthusiastic and full passion lessons children enjoy learning and will achieve well and become confident and fluent readers. We expect that children by the end of Year 2 would complete the RWI programme

We have a large range of decodable texts for children to practise with and consolidate their reading at home. Children read at home with parents with a range of books. As a federation we use Kingfisher Wings, a weekly reading at home scheme, which encourages parents to actively listen to their child.

As well as daily focused reading time, teachers read to their classes daily in order to model reading aloud and develop the reading for pleasure culture across the school.

Writing

We aim for Kingfisher pupils to be enthusiastic, independent and lively writers, able to write accurately and imaginatively with a firm understanding of audience and genre convention. Across the federation we use Talk For Writing. This approach to teaching writing encompasses a three-stage pedagogy: ‘imitation’ (where pupils learn and internalise texts, to identify transferrable ideas and structures), ‘innovation’ (where pupils use these ideas and structures to co-construct new versions with their teachers), and ‘invention’ (where teachers help pupils to create original texts independently). These tasks aim to improve writing ability by giving pupils an understanding of the structure and elements of written language.

Kingfisher pupils are also given many opportunities to write for a variety of purposes across the curriculum, producing high quality writing in subjects such as science and history.

Handwriting

Kingfisher pupils can write fluently, neatly, legibly and with speed, in line with government expectations for handwriting.

SPAG

Opportunities to enhance children’s grammar and punctuation will arise naturally from their reading and writing. We encourage Kingfisher pupils to embrace these opportunities. The skills of grammar and punctuation will be developed through their talk for writing units with an emphasis on the creation of toolkits. Discrete grammar and punctuation lessons will also ensure children have good grammatical awareness and skills for their age.

Spelling is taught through the Spelling Shed scheme once the children have finished the RWI scheme.

Extra activities

  • Class assemblies embrace the chance for children to speak to a range of audiences.
  • Worship and celebrations (e.g. harvest festival) allow the children to again become confident speakers and listeners.
  • The School library is used by the whole school and is well resources with fiction and non-fiction
  • Links are made with local libraries for local and National initiatives to promote reading
  • Initiatives such as World Book Day are celebrated yearly with a variety of activities
  • Kingfisher Wings is a whole-school approach to encourage children to read at home. Classes win certificates for the best class for reading at home weekly.
  • Trips and visits are used to enhance the curriculum and provide stimulus’ for writing

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