At Radcliffe on Trent Infant and Nursery School we aim to develop the abilities of all children to communicate effectively in speech and in writing; to listen with understanding and to become enthusiastic and responsive readers so that they can cope with the language demands in adult life. We aim to use a wide range of multi-cultural literature and reference materials, to develop the self-esteem of all children and an understanding and respect for all cultures alongside their own.
We follow the principles set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum. Language and English skills are taught on a daily basis from Nursery and Key Stage 1 through phonics. These skills are applied through child led learning in Early Years and throughout their language rich environments.
We immerse the children in exciting texts, advanced vocabulary and specific writing skills. These skills are then applied in cross curricular learning opportunities. Language and literacy specific teaching and learning takes place within a whole class setting (shared/modelled reading and writing) and within ability-led guided reading and writing groups. Within guided groups good practice is shared and modelled and the children also work independently or with a partner on set tasks. Teachers use a variety of interactive teaching methods to deliver the curriculum and achieve set learning objectives. These learning objectives are then assessed with this assessment feeding into planning for the next English session.