Leader of English Miss Talbot, Phonics Mrs Hodgson
English at Balby Central
At Balby Central Primary Academy we believe that through succesfully developing children's English knowledge, skills and understanding, we will ultimately improve thier life chances, providing them with equal opportunities in future life opportunities. As a school, we endeavor to deliver a high qulaity, text rich English curriculum that will develop children's love of reading. Through a structured approach to the teaching of reading, writing and phonics, we strive for children to be able to read with love and enthusiam, communicate widely and ultimately become successful life long learners.
The English Curriculum
High quality, vocabuary rich texts are at the heart of our English curriculum. As a school we ensure that reading and writing are taught discretely in whole class sessions and are based on the class core text or supporting link texts.
Every day, children take part in an hours writing session which incorporates handwriting skills, vocabulary, punctuation, grammar, writing, planning, editing, revising and publishing. In Early Years and KS1 (Years 1 and 2), there is also access to daily phonics - using the Read Write Inc programme - and, where necessary, this is continued in KS2 (Years 3,4,5 and 6) with Fresh Start.
Children in Early Years will take part in Communication and Language, as well as Literacy. Each day, the children will explore different aspects of Literacy provision including: phonics, speaking and listening, the development of writing skills and the magic of story telling. Through careful planning and observations of children, teachers will ensure that foundation stage pupils' needs are provided for. Speaking and listening skills are vitally important: they underpin all learning at this early stage. Development of children's listening skills are encouraged through activities such as listening to stories and poems, joining in with rhymes and songs, participating in drama and imaginative play, responding to simple instructions, talking to accompany play, etc. Knowledge about books is developed through the 'Magic of Story Telling' approach that explores stories, the vocabulary within them and retelling known story sequences.
As the reception class is part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the literacy aspects of the children's work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for the children at this age.
The approaches to the other areas of the English curriculum are detailed in the specific areas below.
We are proud to be part of Doncaster Stories, which is an initiative that runs in partnership with Doncaster Opportunity Area and The National Literacy Trust. Meet some of our children on the Doncaster Stories web page