English

 English is the principle means of communication for most of us who live in this country. Children and adults communicate with each other and understand others through the use of this language. They can do this most effectively if they are taught how to speak it, understand it, read it and write it to a high standard. Children come to school with varying levels of language skill which we extend and deepen and provide them with a variety of language experience. All English teaching will contribute to skill development in the following areas:

  • Speaking and Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing

At Rudston Primary School we believe that English is a fundamental life skill enabling children to develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing for a wide range of purposes. The knowledge and skills involved in speaking and listening, reading and writing are vital to success within all areas of education.

We believe that sound English skills are a necessary preparation to allow our pupils to effectively engage in further education and training, employment and ultimately achieve economic well-being. English also fosters the ability to use language purposefully and creatively, to encourage powers of imagination and to promote spiritual, moral and cultural understanding.

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Reading Intent

At Rudston Primary we are fully committed to providing a reading curriculum that exposes children to rich and varied high quality texts. Through our Reading curriculum children are encouraged to explore authors and genres, to be able to use texts with confidence to support learning in all areas of the curriculum and challenge their content and relevance. Through our Reading Curriculum we encourage children to escape to world of imagination and creativity while still using their Reading skills as a tool for acquiring subject specific knowledge. Children leave Rudston with a life-long love of reading which will prepare them for more advanced learning in the future.

Writing Intent

At Rudston Primary we are fully committed to providing writing opportunities throughout the curriculum which enables the children to develop a clear understanding of the purpose of being a good writer and its value in the real word. Through our writing curriculum children are encouraged to explore authors and genres, to be able to use these texts as stimulus to inspire their writing in all areas of the curriculum. Within their writing they will develop an awareness of audience, purpose and context. Through our Writing Curriculum we encourage children to escape to a world of imagination and creativity while still using their writing skills as a tool for communicating subject specific knowledge efficiently. We intend for children to develop their independent editing skills whilst enhancing their fluency in spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. Children leave Rudston with a life-long appreciation of writing which will prepare them for more advanced learning in the future.

Phonics Intent

At Rudston Primary we are fully committed to providing a robust, well-paced, good quality phonics curriculum from our Bright Stars nursery up to year 6. The intent in Nursery is to embed the Phase One adult-led activities in a language-rich provision that serves the best interests of the children by fully recognising their propensity for play and its importance in their development. Children entering Reception will have experienced a wealth of listening activities, including songs, stories and rhymes. They will be able to distinguish between speech sounds and many will be able to blend and segment words orally. Some will also be able to recognise spoken words that rhyme and will be able to provide a string of rhyming words In Reception, Year 1 and 2 we have a whole class approach to teaching phonics with no child left behind. Children in KS2 who still need that phase 2-5 revision will still receive this through well planned intervention. KS2 staff will keep the language and understanding of phonics especially through the teaching of spelling and grammar. Through our reading and writing curriculum across all year groups, children leave Rudston able to use texts with confidence to support learning in all areas of the curriculum and use their reading skills as a tool for acquiring subject specific knowledge. Children at Rudston can use their written word knowledge to escape to a world of imagination and creativity while still using their writing skills as a tool for communicating subject specific knowledge efficiently. We intend for children to develop their independent editing skills whilst enhancing their fluency in spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.