At Garrett Hall we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in English lessons.  Our aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in Literacy.  All children have the opportunity to experience a wide range of texts, in a variety of genre, and use a range of resources including ICT.  We plan a range of cross curricular experiences in English lessons and use English literature and novels so that children become immersed in Literacy.

In school and in our Nursery and Reception classes all the children have the opportunity to talk and communicate in a widening range of situations, to respond to adults and to each other, to listen carefully, and to practise and exchange their range of vocabulary and communication skills. They have the opportunity to explore, enjoy, learn about and use words and text in a range of situations.

We use the Letters and Sounds programme that concentrates on developing children’s speaking and listening skills, phonological awareness and oral blending and segmenting. This programme is  part of a broad and rich language curriculum that has speaking and listening at its centre, it links language with physical and practical experiences, and is supported by an environment rich in print and abundant in opportunities to engage with books. To support our children in reading proficiency we use a variety of reading schemes throughout the school.

We are committed to providing challenging learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the needs of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies. In lessons this is through differentiated whole class and group work, and in some lessons we ask children to work from the same starting point before moving on to develop their own ideas.