“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein (philosopher)
At Ann Edwards we are passionate about empowering our children by giving them the skills, knowledge and confidence to communicate their thoughts and feelings, as well as having the opportunity to creatively express themselves. An overarching focal point, for us as a school, is our attempt to close the vocabulary gap within and across year groups. We aim to achieve this through targeted, explicit vocabulary teaching and providing time for the children to embed the language they have learnt. Our three part, whole-school writing process places oracy at the heart of what we do and our passionate team ensure that lessons are innovative and fun for all learners. We aim to help our pupils communicate their thoughts, ideas and emotions in a clear and healthy way, whilst also developing a life-long love and appreciation of language, reading and writing.
The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary,
- an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading.
Writing and Spoken Language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG)
We use the DfE programme ‘Letters and Sounds’ along with ‘Jolly Phonics’ for the actions and rhymes. We use ‘PhonicsPlay’ website for interactive resources which the parents can use access certain resources on it for free.