In English lessons at Parkside, children are taught speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through studying a variety of styles of genres. We work hard to ensure the children’s learning links to the skills they are developing across the curriculum, as we feel that this enhances their learning experiences in English. Our English learning is based on class core texts.
Our Aims – English National Curriculum
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.
Ways you can help your child with English
Talk to your child, developing their vocabulary and listening skills. Teach them to take turns when speaking and to listen carefully to what others say.
Read to your child. Visit the library for a free, varied and interesting variety of books.
Hear your child read regularly. Ask questions to check their understanding and help them to read between the lines.
Play games to help with spelling such as Scrabble or those found on Purple Mash