English at Milford Junior School
At Milford, our primary aim is to increase children’s confidence, enjoyment and ability in reading, writing and communication. We ensure that we provide all children with depth, breadth and ambition in their learning – ensuring that our curriculum is well sequenced and building on knowledge and skills gained as children progress through school. We promote a love of reading and writing whereby children want to read and write with enjoyment. We strive for our children to develop a passion for English to aid them in later life and to enable them to become lifelong learners.
We aim to teach the skills of writing and a love of writing so that our children:
- develop enjoyment and pleasure in writing
- have opportunities to write for a range of real purposes and audiences
- understand the skills and processes that are essential for writing: thinking aloud and re-reading their writing to check their meaning is clear
- when spelling, have opportunities to practise using both their phonics knowledge and develop independent spelling strategies
- when writing, form their letters correctly and confidently, writing with a joined fluent style
- know and use grammar terminology to talk about their writing and how it helps a reader to understand and enjoy what they have written.
At Milford, we want children to enjoy reading at both home and school and for parents to be on board with reading with their children. Our approach to reading is that all pupils can access a class selection of recommended reads that cover a range of genres. These are high quality texts which have been carefully chosen to challenge and engage our pupils. Books are recommended by adults and children in the school. All classrooms have a reading area with a display to promote reading and enjoy a class novel. We also carry out Guided Comprehension sessions which are taught as a whole class. Books and texts are specifically and carefully chosen for each class ensuring that progress is built on and so that a range of genres and authors are covered.
As children enter KS2, specific provision is made for those children still requiring support with their phonics. Through the Read Write Inc programme and supported by Phonics Play, children will be equipped with the skills to decode unfamiliar vocabulary using the strategies they have been taught in their daily phonics lessons. As children move up through the school, they are able to focus on developing their fluency and comprehension skills, allowing them to explore the rich and varied literacy world around them.
Speaking and Listening
Not only do we encourage our children to become confident readers and writers, but we value performance and the speaking and listening strands of the National Curriculum. We nurture confident children who engage in deep conversations and debates about topics and important issues. Children question each other in a challenging, yet respectful way, to further understanding and explore meaning. Drama is used to develop children’s expression and confidence and all children get the opportunity to perform on the stage during their time at school. We teach children to present clearly and use intonation and expression to capture an audience and entertain.