English Policy

Subject Overview

Teaching and Learning

At Yarlside Academy, we believe the use of English in spoken and written form is the foundation of all learning, and that a secure basis in literacy skills will give the children the tools they need to communicate effectively and creatively in society.  It is therefore essential that all children are given an early confidence and ability in the use of language to enable them to access the whole curriculum.

Our intention is to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening to enable them to communicate effectively with others.  We recognise that reading is the cornerstone to success in the curriculum, and is a fundamental life skill, so every child should have access to an ambitious and rewarding reading curriculum. We also recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style to a range of contexts.

Reading from the start

From Reception to Year 1 we use Read, Write inc phonics which gives children a flying start when they are learning to read.

From Year 2 onwards, we use Oxford Reading Tree and have a wide variety of books to help the children on their reading journey.

We use a variety of resources to develop children’s reading comprehension.  This includes Nelson Comprehension, Prim -Ed Teaching Comprehension Strategies and Comprehension Ninja.

We also greatly encourage the love of books and reading for pleasure so that children will become lifelong readers.  Our Core Books in each year group are a great way of introducing children to different authors and genres.

We want all children to read with fluency and expression.  Reading Progress on Teams is one of the tools we use to help children with this.

Writing from the start

All our writing topics are linked to the wider curriculum as this enables children to make links to other subjects and deepens their understanding of the curriculum.

We use fun games to encourage children to love spelling, grammar and punctuation.

At Yarlside, the children take great pride in the overall presentation of their work.  To encourage this, we have a reward scheme for excellent handwriting in the form of Stage 1, 2 and 3 handwriting  pens.