English is at the heart of all that we teach. Children will learn a wide range of writing, reading and speaking and listening skills that they can apply to their work across the curriculum. In English lessons, children develop and improve on their written and spoken communication skills, allowing them to take part in discussions and compose a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts. Development of vocabulary, grammar and spelling are inherent to this. They will learn to love reading and gain the enthusiasm to choose increasingly challenging texts. In lessons, they will explore authors’ intentions, compare characters and themes across and within texts, and will learn to discuss their ideas and opinions with conviction and clarity.
At Middlewich Primary School, we use the 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised Scheme' to support the teaching of phonics. This closely follows the National Curriculum requirements outlined in Letters and Sounds. For more information on this, and how you can best support your child with their phonics and reading, then please access the following link:
Read the quotes below to see what our pupils enjoy about English lessons at Middlewich Primary School.
- "I enjoy all of the books that we read, especially when we get to listen to them. It helps to improve my writing." (year 6 pupil)
- "We compared The Wind in the Willows to A Christmas Carol and we found that Toad and Scrooge are actually similar. By the end of the story they change." (year 5 pupil)
- "I like reading The Boy at The Back of The Class in story time because it’s taught us how some refugees are treated!" (year 5 pupil)
- "I have really enjoyed developing my writing in English and retelling the story of The Egyptian Cinderella." (year 4 pupil)
- “I’ve liked writing my own version of Leon and the Place Between.” (year 3 pupil)
- "I enjoyed retelling the story of Eliot’s Midnight Superhero." (year 2 pupil)
- "We have enjoyed writing sentences about Paddington. We love reading the books and talking about the things that happen in the stories." (year 1 pupil)
- "I like learning new digraphs in phonics" (Foundation Stage)
Please see the link below that provides further information as to how English is taught across the school.