English at Crane Park Primary aims to inspire, engage and develop pupils’
ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes,
including the communication of their ideas, views and feelings.
Reading and writing runs through all cross-curricular subjects and
aims to provide children with a firm foundation for their future. Not
only is English a core subject within the daily learning at Crane Park,
we believe it is a core life skill.
Through a range of genres and a variety of exciting texts, children
are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as
they become enthusiastic and critical readers and writers of stories,
poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and media texts. The
basic skills of phonics, spelling and grammar are taught alongside
this to enable pupils to become independent readers and writers
from an early age, developing their knowledge and understanding as
they progress through the school.
Daily phonics is taught in the Early Years and Key Stage 1, providing
pupils with regular opportunities to apply their skills to reading and
writing; as pupils move into Key Stage 2 the focus moves to spelling
patterns but still the focus of regular application remains. The
engaging classroom environment ensures pupils have access to a
range of resources to encourage independence.
A love of reading is instilled from an early age and parents are
encouraged to take an active role, through a weekly dialogue in
reading diaries, involvement in homework projects and also the
opportunity to attend workshops. The strong link between reading
and writing is consolidated through a range of home learning tasks,
and in addition to this, pupils have regular opportunities to visit the
school and local library. Daily quiet reading and reading aloud
sessions take place in every class and we encourage this to also
take place at home, in order for children to regularly hear a range of language, for a variety of purposes and develop their knowledge and passion of
books, authors and language.