English is a core subject that is taught every day in order to develop children’s language skills and build upon their existing linguistic knowledge.
This is essential to high achievement and we aim to provide every child with the skills and knowledge necessary for success throughout their lives.
Teachers provide carefully planned, creative learning opportunities that address a wide range of speaking and literacy skills.
Children are taught the necessary phonetic knowledge using the RWI programme (see separate section).
Once the children know their sounds and are able to decode with confidence, they develop their comprehension skills and fluency through focused reading lessons. During these sessions, children are exposed to high-quality texts and are given opportunities to explore more complex themes, learn new vocabulary and make real-life connections. This style of reading instruction is very well-received by the children and is improving their ability to critically analyse various texts and answer higher-order thinking questions.
We provide children with many opportunities to read throughout the school day and children read at home in order to encourage further development.
Winsor is passionate about instilling a life-long love of reading in all students. We provide children with many opportunities to read throughout the school day and children read at home in order to encourage further development. Children are expected to read for at least 10 minutes per day (ideally with an adult) and keep a record of this in their home-reading diaries. They also have access to Bug Club, an online reading programme that is especially beneficial to families with English as an additional language (EAL), as children can choose to listen to the text out loud. In addition to this, we are very excited about our brand new school library which will be completed in term 2 of the 18/19 academic year.
At Winsor, we have high expectations for children’s writing.
Each year group follows a carefully planned curriculum that exposes pupils to a variety of genres through the use of high-quality texts. The writing opportunities are relevant and are carefully planned to inspire all children to produce their best work. There is an emphasis on the process of writing that involves gathering information, planning appropriately, editing and publishing.
Neat, legible work is encouraged at all times in all subject areas as a way to ensure that all work is done to the highest possible standard.
Presentation is also important at Winsor. Children are taught using the Nelson Handwriting Scheme starting from Reception. Neat, legible work is encouraged at all times in all subject areas as a way to ensure that all work is done to the highest possible standard. All children have a separate exercise book for published work that allows them to produce final versions of planned, drafted and re-drafted work that they can be proud of. This also allows them to better understand the process of writing and how much they have improved throughout the year.
Due to Winsor’s consistent focus on editing and presentation, there has been a visible improvement across the school. Children are aware of how they need to improve their writing due to a focused marking approach that allows them to identify and correct mistakes, encouraging them take responsibility for their own learning.