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At Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase, children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills across the curriculum.
We intend for pupils to be able to speak, read and write to a high standard to enable them to reach their full potential in the world of work and as global citizens. We consider reading to be the key to success and place huge importance and emphasis on the teaching of reading and on nurturing a life-long, love of reading.
Children at Leybourne Chase are exposed to a diverse, exciting and stimulating array of literature that encourages children to question, consider, wonder and learn about other people, issues and places, as well as themselves. They are taught how to use this knowledge and their growing vocabulary and informed opinions to write in a range of genres and for different purposes and audiences. They plan, revise and evaluate their writing. To be able to do this effectively, we focus on developing effective transcription and effective composition. We intend for pupils to leave school being able to use fluent and legible handwriting.
Teachers show pupils how to understand and remember spelling rules, the relationships between words and how to understand nuances in meaning. Children learn to develop their understanding of, and ability to use, figurative language. Pupils are also taught how to work out and clarify the meanings of unknown words and words with more than one meaning. Children at Leybourne Chase learn to control their speaking and writing consciously and to use Standard English.
- To raise the profile of reading in order to encourage and promote a life-long love of reading;
- To ensure that all children develop the ability to read easily, fluently and with good understanding;
- To allow children to know, remember and understand more with regards to their reading skills;
- To allow the children to acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language;
- To develop in our children the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information;
- To develop an appreciation for our rich and varied literary heritage;
- To develop a broad range of reading skills that can be applied to a wide range of reading text types and genres across the whole curriculum;
- To provide children with opportunities to experience reading in a range of contexts, including independent reading time, being read to and reading aloud;
- To enable our children to be competent in the arts of speaking and listening; making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate;
- To commit (finance and time) to providing pupils with a range of resources to stimulate their desire to read;
- To create confident, independent readers;
- To prepare pupils for the next stages of their education.
- To design an exciting and engaging curriculum that provides regular opportunities for pupils to use and apply the writing and spoken language skills they have acquired from the English Curriculum;
- To create an interest in words and their meanings in order to broaden vocabulary and the ability to use it in the correct context;
- For children to write for a purpose and to have clear intentions of the impact of their writing on the reader, through careful planning and consideration;
- To develop a broad range of writing skills that can be applied to a wide range of text types and genres across the whole curriculum;
- For children to be able to articulate their thoughts orally and to be able to use a strong grasp of grammar and spelling to write with confidence and clarity in all subjects;
- Children are taught letters with entry and exit lines from EYFS. They begin to join these letters to form a neat, cursive script in Year 2 and all teaching staff model this consistently. It is expected that writing is beautifully presented in all books and for all display work.