English concentrates on four key skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing. We follow the 2014 curriculum and are supported by resources such as Power of Reading and Talk for Writing to develop exciting, interesting lessons for the next steps of learning of the children.
We feel strongly that a skilful use of words is a pre-requisite for reading and writing as well as for good relationships in life and in work. Fluency and increasing accuracy in spoken language is important for all learning and cognitive and social development.
Reading opens the door to all learning and encourages the development of imagination and creativity. At Borrowdale School we expose our pupils to a rich diet of diverse texts and to a wide range of literary individuals - novelists, poets, artists, journalists and librarians who can share their own personal experiences and enthuse our pupils.
We recognise that an ability to write and communicate your ideas in a form understood and appreciated by others is still fundamental to the future of all learning. Therefore teaching of high quality writing for a variety of purposes remains one of our highest priorities. Grammar and Spelling lessons are taught in isolation but these skills are integral to all writing tasks.
We make use of the Sounds and Letters programme to support learning of synthetic phonics at Key Stage One and Reception. All children in the school use the computer program 'Lexia' and child's class teacher can also issue you with login details so that you can access phonics resources at home.