English at Balby Central
At Balby Central Primary Academy we believe that through succesfully developing children's English knowledge, skills and understanding that we will ultimately improve thier life chcances. As a school we endeavor to deliver a high qulaity, text rich Englsih 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 qulaity, vocabuary rich texts are at the heart of our Enlgish curriculum. As a school we ensure that reading and writing are tuahgt discretely in whole class sessions and are based on the clss core text or supprting link texts.
Every day children take part in an hours writing session which incorporates vocabulary, punctuation, grammar, writing, planning, editing, revising and publishing. In Early Years and KS2 there is also daily phonics using the Read Write Inc programme and, where necessary, this is continued in KS2 with Fresh Start.
Children in Early Years will take part in Communication and Language as well as Literacy. Every day the children will explore differnet aspects of Literacy provision including phonics, the development of writing skills and the magic of story telling. Through careful planning and observations of children, teachers will ensure that foundation stage pupil needs are provided for. Speaking and listening skills are vitally important as 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 vocabualry within in then and story retelling. 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.
The approaches to the other areas of the English curriculum are detailed in the specific areas below.