Curriculum and Teaching
At Lapworth School, we follow the National Curriculum. The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
read easily, fluently and with good understanding
develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
We spend a minimum of an hour a day on literacy activities, through which we aim to enable all children to develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. They are encouraged to speak clearly and confidently to their teachers and to share their interests with others, as well as to listen carefully to what others have to say.
The phonics method of reading is taught to pupils in Years R, 1 & 2, in accordance with the Letters and Sounds document. Saplings are taught as a year group during the autumn term, whilst pupils from Ash and Beech Classes are taught in ability groups. During the spring and summer terms, all pupils in Classes Saplings, Ash and Beech will be taught in ability groups, enabling staff to tailor teaching and learning to the needs of the pupils in their care.
We use a number of reading schemes which are book banded to encourage our pupils to read widely. These include: Phonics Bug, Oxford Reading Tree and Jelly and Bean. We promote a love of books and reading. Children read both graded reading books and general fiction from their class collections or from the school library. Children are expected to take their current reading book home and we ask parents to hear their children read at home, and to record this in the reading diary, which forms an important record of progress and development in reading.
Children learn to express their ideas in writing for a variety of purposes. We encourage creativity and seek to develop their ability to convey meaning with increasing fluency and accuracy. Children are taught grammatical structure and use of standard English. Punctuation skills are taught to enable the children to organise their writing clearly and spellings are taught in word families or in connection with their topic work. Children from Year 1 upwards are encouraged to learn and revise spellings at home on a weekly basis.
Handwriting is taught throughout the school using the 'Penpals' style. The children progress from basic letter formation to writing in a fluent joined style.
Reading for Pleasure
At Lapworth Primary School we believe that every child has the potential to be a reader...if they are encouraged to find the right book!
We encourage all children to read for pleasure and to choose books which interest them. We engage children with reading both in school and at home through rewards, competitions and exciting reading themed events and activities.
See below for links to information and photographs of the fantastic reading that happens at Lapworth.