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. They develop English skills through a range of taught carpet sessions, group focused activities and continuous provision (Indoor and Outdoor) We aim to expose children to reading and writing in many areas of our continuous provision.
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.
You can download and view the Letters and Sounds document here: Letters and Sounds Document
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.
We send home half termly "Pick & Mix' homework whereby the children have a choice about which activities they complete. There will be lots of English activities to choose on the pick and mix homework grid, which aim to develop children's skills in speaking and listening, drama, reading and writing. We aim to offer a broad range of English homework to engage and excite children.
How can I help my child at home?
- We ask that you read with your child each night at home (a minimum of 3 times per week)
- Help your child to enjoy completing English homework tasks from our 'Pick & Mix' homework menus for each year group
- Spend time each week with your child learning their spellings (Years 1-6) and their weekly 3 key words for reading and spelling in EYFS (Reception)
- Practice writing in the pre-cursive (EYFS-Year 1) and cursive (Year 2 upwards) script using accurate letter formation.
Below is a very useful document which outlines all the different apps and games that we use in school to teach phonics and reading. We highly recommend all of these for you to use at home too.