At Bell Farm Primary School we believe that all children should grow into confident speakers, readers and writers and possess the skills and knowledge in English to be successful in life. We work hard to foster a love of learning and to expose children to experiences that engage them in this subject. We aim to ensure that pupils at Bell Farm Primary School speak, read and write fluently so they can communicate their ideas and emotions effectively.
At Bell Farm Primary School, we are passionate about engaging pupils in the richness and diversity of literature and strive to give pupils access to a wide range of learning opportunities in English lessons. We use the Power of Reading approach to ensure high-quality texts are used in lessons, stimulating pupils’ imaginations and exposing them to an extensive vocabulary. Lessons are well-planned to meet the needs of all of the children and focus on key objectives so pupils are clear on the learning that is taking place and can take responsibility for their own progression.
At Bell Farm Primary School, we understand the importance of effective communication and work hard to ensure that our pupils develop their speaking and listening skills so they can articulate their ideas concisely, work collaboratively and use language in a precise way. Partner talk, whole class discussion and group work are an essential part of lessons and pupils are encouraged to use oral rehearsal before writing.
We use the Read Write Inc. phonics programme to ensure a consistent approach to teaching phonics across the school. Our teachers are well-trained to deliver high-quality lessons and we work closely with parents, through workshops and homework tasks, to ensure they can support their children in this key area of learning. We use a range of resources to engage pupils and use timely assessments to tailor our teaching to individual pupils. Pupils in Year One are well-prepared for the phonics screener.
We use the Letterjoin programme to develop basic letter formation in Bell Farm Primary and give pupils time to practise their handwriting regularly. We expect a high standard of presentation in Bell Farm and encourage all pupils to work neatly in their books, using incentives such as handwriting and presentation awards. All pupils are expected to use the Bell Farm cursive script when writing.
Regular reading is an essential part of English at Bell Farm Primary School, with an emphasis placed on the enjoyment and purpose of reading. All children read regularly with an adult and take part in guided reading sessions to develop fluency and comprehension. Pupils are taught six key reading strategies to support them in reading and understanding different texts. At Bell Farm Primary School, pupils have access to Bug Club (an online reading programme) to engage pupils in different genres and to support them with reading in a child-friendly way. Pupils have daily story time in class to nurture their enjoyment of literature, including classic texts and poetry. We also have a reading lottery to inspire pupils to read more at home. We also have reading mentors who work with individual pupils to develop a love and enjoyment of reading.
At Bell Farm Primary School, writing is often linked to the Power of Reading texts, providing a rich stimulus to inspire pupils. Writing has a clear purpose and pupils understand and apply the six stages of writing in order to produce high-quality work. All children are given the opportunity to develop their basic skills in handwriting, spelling and grammar whilst also learning about the importance of composition and effect. The writing that pupils produce is valued and displayed and pupils are given the opportunity to share their work with an audience.
“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” Phillip Pullman
English Open Day 2022
On Thursday 3rd March, Ms McAdoo organised an amazing English open day for the whole school community to coincide with World Book day. Parents and carers came in to take part in our lessons and engaged in a variety of English activities and games. They also were invited to a presentation on how best to support children with their English learning.
If you were unable to attend or would like a refresher, you are welcome to download the presentation here.