At The Queen's School, we believe language develops best in context, when there is a real reason to communicate. This shapes our approach to the teaching and learning of English. We believe that children learn best when we start from whole language – a good story, a great film, an exciting science topic, an interesting role play area.
At the heart of what we do is promoting reading for pleasure as this leads to high levels of pupil motivation, which in turn helps pupils be inspired to write imaginatively. However, we also know that within this, children need regular practice in specific skills such as phonics, knowing how to spell and having an excellent understanding of grammar. We aim to combine the best of many approaches to ensure that our children become highly literate.
Technology plays a vital role in the way we learn and communicate today and we believe that it should be integral to the teaching and learning of English. We want children to understand how digital media work and to use these to express themselves in language learning. The use of visual resources is embedded in our approach to teaching and learning. It is one of the ways we support our children’s English development and access to the curriculum. We also live in an increasingly visual world. Our children are given the opportunity to develop their visual literacy through analysing a wide range of moving image texts, for example, television, film, and multimedia.
Through the principles and processes of English teaching we aim to inspire pupils to:
- enjoy the subject and study it with a sense of achievement
- understand how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins
- to know grammar and punctuation terms in order to explain how language works
- be able to use this knowledge to choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations
- communicate with others effectively
- learn to be enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as
non-fiction and media texts
- use their skills with confidence and understanding in real life situations
- develop the ability to look critically at their work, edit and improve it
- achieve a high standard in English and gain a secure foundation of knowledge, skills and concepts as set out in our English Policy