English

Purpose of study

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.

We are a Read, Write Inc school

Pupils in keystage 1 ( and some in year 3 and 4) all have daily phonics using the Read, Write Inc phonics materials.  Pupils are taught in small, differentiated groups.

Pupils in keystage 2 all follow the Read, Write Inc Literacy and Language scheme.  These lessons are taught daily in year groups. 

Keystage 2 pupils also have daily Read, Write Inc Get Spelling lessons.

For our pupils who need extra help we have Read, Write Inc Freshstart and One to One phonics interventions, which run alongside Literacy and Language and Phonics every day.  Further Literacy interventions include: Nessy and Talk Boost.

Pupil in Y4,5,6 also have daily Accelerated Reading time.  During these sessions, pupils will read for between 20 and 30 minutes.  They will also have opportunities within the sessions to read to adults, discuss their books and complete book quizzes to assess understanding of the books.

Click on any of the links below to find out more about English activities at Gorsewood:

World Book Day 2017

Accelerated Reader

World Book Day 2016

Spooks Workshop