A strong emphasis is placed on the teaching of English through our challenge based cross-curricular approach. Read, Write Inc. provides the core emphasis of the English curriculum. English lessons will also often link with the children’s topic. We believe that it is really important to provide children with a purpose for writing wherever possible. This could be writing instructions for how to play a board game that they have designed, writing clues for a treasure hunt or a letter to the Principal to ask for more playtime. Each week we will have a long writing session where children will be able to develop the skills they have been learning independently.
Handwriting is taught from Reception so that children can learn how to form letters correctly before joining letters further up the school. We use the ‘Letter Join Scheme’ to support the teaching of handwriting. Handwriting activities include large and fine motor skills activities, as well as teaching the correct language to describe the shape and direction of the letter formations and joins. We encourage children to take pride in their presentation and be proud of their work.
At Essa Primary Academy we aim for all children to read with confidence, fluency and understanding. We will encourage interest and enjoyment in books and other reading materials by enabling children to share a wide variety of reading with yourselves, teachers and other children in school. You are encouraged to play a supportive role in the teaching of reading by enjoying regular reading sessions with your child at home. All children will be given levelled reading books according to their age and stage to practise their skills at home. There will also be the opportunity to borrow books to take home from a wide selection of both fiction and non-fiction books in the school library.
Speaking and listening opportunities are also a key focus at Essa Primary Academy and will be provided each day through a variety of different activities.
Phonics will be taught daily, in small groups, throughout the school using ‘Letters and Sounds’ in conjunction with Read Write Inc. Children will be grouped according to their ability not their age. There will be regular teacher assessments so that the group each child is in matches their needs.