English at Tiptoe
Our English vision is to foster a love of language and literature through the use of quality texts and books; this inspires, excites and engages our children.
At Tiptoe Primary School, we aim to foster a love of language and reading and, therefore, attach great importance to enabling our children to become fluent readers. In Reception and Year One we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme, supported by actions used in the ‘Jolly Phonics’ programme. This teaches children the sounds and tricky words needed to support them with their reading and writing. From Year Two this is then followed by ‘No Nonsense Spelling’ which teaches the children the basic skills needed to read and write words. Grammar and punctuation is taught both explicitly and implicitly within English lessons; grammar skills are effectively embedded into the children’s everyday work.
Children will experience a wide range of authors and text types during their time at Tiptoe Primary School. In each year group, pupils will regularly hear books being read to them, in addition to reading for their own pleasure. We aim to instil a passion for reading throughout the school and hold regular events throughout the year to promote this. The children have access to a range of different reading books, predominantly those within the Oxford Reading scheme. These include Big Cat Phonics books, Songbirds and Project X. By providing the children with a range of books it ensures that they not only suit their ability but also allow them to experience a range of writing styles and text types.
Children are encouraged to use their knowledge of texts to write for a variety of purposes such as: explanations, instructions, reports, balanced arguments, stories and poems. They learn to plan, draft, revise, edit and present their work, before evaluating the success of their writing. As they progress through school, the children are encouraged to write in a neat, legible style using a cursive script.
Drama and speaking and listening are an integral part of not only English but also the wider curriculum in order to encourage self-confidence, imagination and empathy. It is used to stimulate, explore and challenge ideas. Communication is a key feature of many aspects of our curriculum. We place great importance on confidently speaking in front of others and promote this at every opportunity, such as during Celebration Assemblies, class assemblies and nativities and productions.
At Tiptoe School, we focus on the sequenced and planned nature of our learner’s experience so that they acquire the knowledge and skills they need for every next step within their learning so that they achieve their very best.