Amesbury Primary School promotes high standards of English by encouraging pupils to develop a love of reading, writing, speaking and listening, so that they can communicate effectively for the rest of their lives. English plays a prominent role in children’s emotional, social, intellectual and cultural development. We ensure that all pupils achieve their full potential in reading, writing, speaking and listening, spelling and grammar.
At Amesbury Primary School, we inspire children to develop a love of writing. We explore different text types, looking at the audience, purpose and context. Children create their own stories, information texts, poems and letters, often using text maps and storytelling to scaffold their independent learning. Writing is developed through planning, drafting and editing, working towards a best copy where children express their ideas in a clear and interesting way for the reader. We also focus on widening their vocabulary and increasing their understanding of grammar through games and discussion.
Please see writing and handwriting policies
At Amesbury Primary School we inspire our children to develop a love for reading. We have a wonderful library within our school and we are regular visitors to Amesbury library too. Children begin reading by using their developing phonic skills (understanding the relationship between letters and sounds) and use our reading scheme (Bug Club by Pearson) throughout reception and Key Stage 1. We also develop early comprehension skills by talking about what is happening in stories to ensure children’s understanding. Key Stage 2 children can read fluently and expressively for an audience and develop their comprehension skills through inference and deduction questioning.
In response to our questionnaire about reading with your child, many of you requested a list of recommended books. The following link will take you to the Book Trust’s 100 best books:
In addition to this, you can view the TES top 100 books for primary school children to find even more amazing stories – see PDF document attached, or go to:
We would also recommend books written by the authors listed in the top 100.
Please see reading policy
Speaking and Listening
Speaking and listening is the foundation block of all areas of English and is the starting point for becoming a successful reader and writer. At Amesbury Primary School you will find these crucial skills woven throughout lessons in all curriculum areas, for example speaking and listening skills are developed through storytelling and drama. You can also find us in action on our school radio station.
Please see speaking and listening policy
Phonics and Spelling
Phonics is all about understanding the relationship between letters and sounds. This is how we learn to read and write. At Amesbury Primary School, phonics is taught daily in reception and Key Stage 1. Each lesson is fast-paced and interactive, with lots of games and writing practise to help your children use their new learning. Our teaching follows the Department for Education’s Letters and Sounds phonics programme. You can access phonics games at home by following the links.
Key Stage 2 children have daily spelling lessons, which focus on learning and exploring spelling patterns and rules, as well as applying known phonics sounds. In addition to the new National Curriculum, we also use resources from Read, Write, Inc and Oxford Owl.
Please see spelling policy