English at Brimsdown – to be seen on the page

The development of children’s language is crucial to their success across the curriculum. We want all children to be excellent communicators, to listen actively and to speak with confidence. At Brimsdown, children are helped to develop a love of reading, clear phonic strategies and taught to be skilful and imaginative writers. Our new Fast Feedback approach allows children to self-reflect on their learning and have regular conferences with their teachers to discuss their next steps. At Brimsdown, we aim to help pupils think about their own learning more explicitly, by teaching them strategies for monitoring and evaluating their learning. We believe that language is the key to learning within our environment. We aim for all pupils to speak, read and write Standard English fluently and accurately, while acknowledging that a pupil’s own dialect, or other language is of prime importance.


Read, Write Inc/ Phonics

At Brimsdown we aim to deliver high-quality phonic teaching which:

  • Secures the crucial skills of word recognition that, once mastered, enable children to read fluently and automatically enabling them to concentrate on the meaning of the text;
  • To establish consistent practice, progression and continuity in the teaching and learning of phonics and spelling throughout the school;
  • To differentiate phonics and spelling work according to the needs of pupils, so that all pupils are given sufficient challenge at a level at which they can experience success;
  • To give children word work strategies that will enable them to become fluent readers and confident writers.

Within the Early Years setting, RWI is used to teach key reading strategies that will enable the children to begin to read independently. Nursery teaches pre reading skills through songs/rhymes and the exploration of concrete materials. Within these sessions the children are also introduced to the mnemonic/letter sound. In Reception the Read Write Inc programme is followed to develop the children’s reading skills through word work strategies.

Phonics teaching continues throughout year 1 and follows the Read Write Inc programme. In year 2, children who need support with reading fluency will take part in small group Read Write Inc sessions.

As part of KS2, phonics continues where necessary. In upper KS2 we follow the Read Write Inc Fresh Start program for the children that need it. In Year 3, transition groups are used to accelerate the learning for those children who need support in transitioning onto the Literacy and Language programme.

Throughout the school, children who need extra support with learning to read will take part in daily one to one tuition. This is used as a strategy to accelerate the child’s learning and reading speed.


Literacy and Language

Literacy and Language provides careful guidance to develop children’s reading comprehension and writing composition, with an emphasis on using grammar correctly. Through drama and whole class discussions, children acquire a wide vocabulary and have opportunities to articulate clearly and elaborate their understanding of ideas.  It stimulates and challenges children’s thinking to create enthusiastic, lifelong readers and writers.  The structure of the program exposes children at Brimsdown to a range of stories and genres to capture their imaginations.

Core text

At Brimsdown, we are passionate about children having access to a range of quality texts to promote a deep love for learning.  We believe introducing a range of genres that develop higher order thinking skills and reading stamina, enhances children’s writing.  Guided writing sessions are used to target specific needs of both groups and individuals, whilst children have opportunities to write at length in extended independent writing sessions at the end of each unit. The children are given frequent opportunities to write in different contexts using quality texts as a model and for a variety of purposes and audiences