La nguage is in use throughout a person’s life and is fundamental to all aspects of learning, fostering enthusiasm and enjoyment for all aspects of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
The challenge lies in teaching it and in guaranteeing progression that is something more than incidental. The English scheme of work at Folly Hill Infant School is based on our commitment to developing reading and writing through engagement with high quality talk and drama in a range of learning environments.
Reading is one of the most important skills taught in school. Folly Hill aims to foster a lifelong love of reading. When your children start school, they will bring home books to enjoy with you. Your child’s teacher will decide when it is appropriate to change the books from the reading scheme, as other linked reading activities may be planned.
These books, together with the reading record, should be kept in the reading folder and brought to school every day so that they are available for any reading activities which may have been planned. A book bag printed with the school logo is available to buy from our uniform supplier.
We encourage children to read a range of texts through guided reading, individual reading, quiet reading, reading partners and they will have the opportunity to select a library book weekly.
Correct letter formation is essential from the start. Writing is a complex process requiring a number of skills. Successful writing takes time - initially children are encouraged to make marks and write freely. Most early writing is of a personal nature and children’s work reflects their home life and hobbies. Correct pencil grip, spelling, grammar and punctuation are always encouraged.
Speaking and Listening
Oral language comes naturally to most children in the early years but there is a continuing need for development and improvement. At Folly Hill School we provide ample opportunity for relaxed as well as more formal talking activities., which are also shared with parents.
A vital part of growth and personal development is learning to be a good listener. Such situations as Circle Time, talk partners, drama, and role play are included in the school programme to help children to develop their listening and verbal skills. Children are encouraged to be imaginative and creative, to reason and develop a sense of humour.