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Witchampton CofE First School

English

We teach our children using a variety of teaching and learning styles to broaden their vocabulary and use language as effectively as they can in a wide variety of situations, as detailed in the revised framework for English. The children are  introduced to a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, such as stories, plays and poetry. English is often taught through other curriculm subjects. Our children will be encouraged to read widely, but also make informed choices about the types of books that they enjoy reading to maximize the pleasure that they gain from reading.

Reading

Reading regularly with children at home and practising early phonics skills increases their confidence in reading and leads to confidence in the development of writing. 

In Reception and Key Stage 1 we use Letters and Sounds to teach phonics. To support the development of reading, we have three main reading schemes, these are: Project X and Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds.

It is our aim that all children to have timetabled access to the library once a week. With the assistance of an adult, the children can borrow a book from the  fiction or non-fiction collection to read at home. We encourage membership of the local libraries and participation in the annual summer reading challenge. Opportunities to take part in bedtime story times, book days and book weeks, buddy reading sessions and book fairs are planned into the year.

Links - please click to open

BBC schools - learning literacy
Oxford Owl
Literacy Trust - read with your children 
Free children's e-books
Writing stories
Tips for creative writing
Roald Dahl
Michael Morpurgo
Julia Donaldson
Mysterynet - Kids Mysteries