Welcome to Churchfields Infants' School English page
My name is Mrs Osborne and I am the English Curriculum Champion.
Oracy (Speaking and Listening)
At Churchfields, spoken language is at the core of our curriculum. We want all pupils to have a voice, and for that voice to be heard. We encourage children to speak in a loud, clear voice, considering their audience. We teach children to answer questions, but more importantly, to ask questions of their own. Children take part in a range of activities such as role play, philosophy, talk partners and performances to develop these skills. Vocabulary is taught and embedded across all areas of the curriculum. Therefore, our pupils have a wide range of general- and subject-specific vocabulary.
Our main aim is for children to develop a life-long love of reading and to see themselves, and the school community, as readers. We have high-quality reading areas and libraries, to which all children have access. Reading takes high priority throughout the school day and children are read a wide selection of high-quality books during their time at Churchfields. Children are heard reading, both individually and in groups. In school, children read phonetically decodable books and texts that run alongside or a little behind the phonics teaching in class, so that they always feel a sense of achievement when they are asked to read such books. We create memorable experiences for the children and include families on a regular basis. Some of these experiences include visits to the local library, class swaps, parents reading in a variety of languages and whole school reading sessions. Our pupils are encouraged to read a wide range of books, and to read for pleasure. We value reading for its impact on vocabulary development and comprehension skills. Children are given ownership over the books they choose to take home, showing that we value their choices and their interests. Parents are given clear expectations about reading and are able to attend parent training and skill sharing sessions.
We understand the importance of developing pre-writing skills, such as fine and gross motor skills. We value all aspects of writing, and children’s early mark making is hugely encouraged and praised. We want children to be able to use writing as a means for their voice to be heard. Writing is hugely influenced by the books that they read and our children are confident in writing for a variety of purposes and audiences. We want to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written word. Pupils are taught to acquire a wide range of sophisticated vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for writing. Grammar is taught in a range of ways, including fun games. We develop writing skills so that our pupils have the stamina and ability to write at or above aged related expectations.
At Churchfields, we strongly believe that children need access to a wide range of activities such as drama and role play, use of film and imagery, modelled, shared and guided writing, peer/self-editing and discussion. Talk for Writing is hugely important as it allows pupils to express their ideas, hear other opinions and develop and use sophisticated vocabulary.
Handwriting sessions are taught explicitly and also incorporated into English lessons. In Reception, the muscles in children’s shoulders, arms and hands are still developing, so we teach them to write in print. We teach children pre cursive writing from Year One, which results in beautifully joined handwriting in Year Two.