The Russell School

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English

At The Russell School we believe that the skills in English: reading, writing and speaking and listening; provide the foundations for pupils' achievement throughout the whole curriculum and all other areas of learning for now and the future.

English is a core subject of the National Curriculum, with reading, writing and speaking and listening being taught and practised in a range of situations and across all subjects. Through a range of situations, we believe that pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. All the skills of the language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.

The overarching aim for English at The Russell School is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

Staff use the LCP scheme to support the teaching of phonics across the school.

Reading materials are drawn from a wide range of schemes, including Rigby Star and Oxford Reading Tree.

At The Russell School, the teaching and learning of English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Read, write and communicate orally with confidence, fluency and understanding
  • Have an interest in books and literature; whilst practising reading for enjoyment
  • Develop and foster a love of words, phrases and sayings, develop their meanings; and use a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms
  • Discuss reading and writing comprehensively: expressing opinions; explaining techniques and justifying preferences; about a wide range of literature, using appropriate vocabulary
  • Understand a range of text types and genres; develop knowledge to appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • Write using a variety of styles and forms

World Book Day March 2016