At Langdale, a class text for each half term is chosen by the class teacher to link with the current school topic. The text is then used to teach a wide breadth of English Curriculum links, as well as cross-curricular links to other subject areas. Children are taught to reflect and ‘up-level ‘their own work. This is aided through personalised feedback – both verbal and written. Children are given many opportunities to carry out extended pieces of purposeful writing for a range of different audiences.
KS1 and EYFS children are taught phonics using the 'PhonicsPlay' scheme, supplemented by additional resources to further enhance lessons.
Currently at Langdale, both KS1 and KS2 follow the 'Headstart' spelling programme to teach children common spelling patterns and word structures to embed learning.
Reading is taught through daily phonics lessons in EYFS and KS1, which teaches the children to both decode unfamiliar words as well as recognise commonly printed words. Teachers also listen to children reading in groups and individually. Children are encouraged to ask and answer questions about the text to develop their comprehension skills. EYFS and Yr 1 children also partake in regular trips to Ambleside Library to encourage children to develop a love for reading.
In KS2, reading is taught through guided reading sessions, where children have the opportunity to share and discuss a text in more detail within small groups. They also have regular reading comprehension sessions, where they practise the reading skills of predicting, clarifying, questioning and summarising. Teachers also listen to children reading both in groups and individually to build up fluency and expression.
World Poetry Day 2019: The Lost Words
During Autumn Term 1 the children visited Brockhole and experienced a fun-filled day based around the poetry book 'The Lost Words'. The children completed lots of different activities and then watched a spectacular performance in the forest of The Lost Words. As the children enjoyed this trip out so much, the whole school used this text to help us write some wonderful pieces of poetry on World Poetry Day. The children took inspiration from both the unique writing style of the author and the detailed illustrations to write their own poems and the results were fantastic! Well done Langdale Learners.
English Programmes of Study: Department for Education