Freeland C of E School takes pride in encouraging all children to be inspired by language and literature. At Freeland, we believe that competence in literacy provides the cornerstone of children’s achievement. While we teach English skills as a discrete subject daily from Year 1 to Year 6, application and competency is also encouraged throughout the curriculum to enable children to communicate appropriately and effectively in all subjects.
Our school curriculum nurtures development in speaking and listening skills. Children are encouraged from the start of school to speak clearly, confidently and with expression to express their ideas and opinions. They are also given opportunities to listen, reflect upon and discuss what they have heard.
We foster a positive attitude towards reading enabling children to develop a love of books and reading. In the early stages, children are taught to read using the phonics programme ‘Letters and Sounds’ before moving onto our reading scheme books. The phonics programme begins in the Foundation Stage and continues to be taught throughout Key Stage one. Individual reading and Guided group reading in which children work in focused groups to develop their reading and comprehension skills both play an important part in our reading curriculum. Independence in choice of appropriate reading material is encouraged as children become more confident and competent as readers.
Writing is the complex application of several skills including spelling, handwriting, grammar, punctuation and purpose. At Freeland, topic-linked writing activities are carefully planned to meet all learning styles and abilities. We aim for children to become independent and purposeful writers, recognising the importance of content and good presentation.