Our Vision for English
At Fleet Infant School we aim to promote a lifelong love of reading. In order to do this, children are encouraged to read a wide variety of genres during their time in Key Stage 1. They have access to reading materials through a well-resourced library as well as books in class and books at home which all provide a reading rich environment. Our children will be both independent and reflective readers who can read fluently and for meaning. Children use a variety of reading skills from early synthetic phonics to decoding and skimming to enable them to access all other areas of learning. As children’s reading develops at different rates, teaching is tailored to each child and their ability. Children read daily in the classroom either though group reading, individual reading or shared reading. Children are encouraged to read a range of books in school and at home and communication between staff and parents is encouraged.
It is our vision that every child will learn to become a good writer by being given exciting, inspiring and original materials and opportunities to support and challenge them. We believe this encouragement will enable them to become confident, capable and enthusiastic writers who will develop a genuine love of writing. We will share excellent writing to inspire children to emulate styles. We encourage children to read their work for enjoyment, to read it aloud to others and provide audiences for writing. We want children to have an understanding that writing has a real purpose and that word choice and style can bring about change.
We teach children at Fleet Infant School to write using a cursive script from the beginning of their time here. We know that using a cursive script helps most children become more confident, fluent writers and also helps improve their spelling.
We believe that good presentation skills are important as we want children to value their own work and for others to do the same. By introducing and teaching a consistent cursive script from Early Years, our aim is then for children to be able to focus upon the content of their writing by Year 2 rather than on the mechanics of handwriting. We want our children to develop a clear cursive handwriting script that they are proud of.
Thank you to those of you who attended our English Curriculum Evening for parents. For those of you who were unable to attend, please see below for copies of the presentation, slides from workshops and the handouts.
Please see the year group pages for information about what aspects of the English curriculum are currently being taught in your child's class.
Below are some documents for your reference about the English curriculum and expectations.