English at Wellington aims to inspire, engage and develop pupils’ ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, including the communication of their ideas, views and feelings.
Reading and writing runs through all cross-curricular subjects and aims to provide children with a firm foundation for their future. Not only is English a core subject within the daily learning at Wellington, we believe it is a core life skill.
Through a range of genres and a variety of exciting texts, children are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers and writers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and media texts. The basic skills of phonics, spelling and grammar are taught alongside this to enable pupils to become independent readers and writers from an early age, developing their knowledge and understanding as they progress through the school.
Daily phonics is taught in the Early Years and Key Stage 1, providing pupils with regular opportunities to apply their skills to reading and writing; as pupils move into Key Stage 2 the focus moves to spelling patterns but still the focus of regular application remains. The engaging classroom environment ensures pupils have access to a range of resources to encourage independence.
A love of reading is instilled from an early age and parents are encouraged to take an active role, through a weekly dialogue in reading diaries, involvement in homework projects and also the opportunity to attend workshops. The strong link between reading and writing is consolidated through a range of home learning tasks, and in addition to this, pupils have regular opportunities to visit the school and local library. Daily reading aloud sessions take place in every class and we encourage this to also take place at home, in order for children to regularly hear a range of language, for a variety of purposes and develop their knowledge and passion of books, authors and language.