English Communication & Languages
A high-quality education in English is fundamental in enabling pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others.
English covers several areas:
• Spoken Language
• Spelling, vocabulary, punctuation and grammar
At Henbury Court, we encourage the use of Standard English. We use a variety of strategies within our school in order to develop language, including drama, role play, debates, presentations and performances as well as Talk for Writing.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
– Dr. Seuss, “I can Read With My Eyes Shut!”
Reading covers two areas – word reading and comprehension. We use various reading schemes to enable children to read a range of text styles and types. This is supplemented by Bug Club online resources which provides e-books which pupils can access from home. We encourage children to read at home and where possible to read to an adult, as this can help improve their accuracy. Comprehension skills are also very important so talking to your child about their book will help increase their understanding. On this page, you will find ideas for questions you could ask your child when reading with them. In Early Years and Key Stage One, we use the Letters and Sounds Phonics programme. On this page, you will also find guidance on how to support your child with Phonics.
It is essential that pupils become competent in both transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them into speech and writing). Pupils are also taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. At Henbury Court, we use a variety of strategies in order to develop writing, including Power of Reading and Talk for Writing. Pupils experience writing for a range of purposes and using a range of genres, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as poetry.
Spelling, Vocabulary, Punctuation and Grammar
Sometimes known as SPAG, these sessions provide opportunities to enhance pupils’ vocabulary through reading and writing. As vocabulary increases, pupils learn to understand the relationships between words, nuances in meaning and to develop their understanding and use of figurative language. Pupils learn how to work out and clarify the meaning of unknown words and words with more than one meaning.
Some useful websites:
Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.
At Henbury Court we will be introducing French across Key Stage 2. We will be learning to understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources, including French songs and French language versions of familiar stories. We will explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words. We will learn to speak with increasing confidence in French and to write and adapt phrases to create sentences.
You can use these websites to improve your French at home: