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Our English Vision

At Townfield we aim to deliver a high quality English curriculum that gives children the best possible opportunities to become confident and successful readers and writers with a deep love and understanding of the English language. We believe the development of reading and writing is central to improving a child's life chances. 

We encourage all pupils to have a love of reading. Every class has whole class reading time in which the teacher shares a range of text types and teaches the pupils comprehension skills of text retreival, inference and deducation,  develops vocabulary and the art of questioning, clarifying and summarising. Every classroom has a book area that is stocked with a range of text types and pupils are encouraged to try different genres. Texts are selected to broaden pupils cultural capital.

Pupils begin learning to read and write as soon as they start school in F1. They begin to develop pre-writing skills through daily fine and gross motor skills activities: ‘dough disco’ and scrimbling. Pupils are encouraged to make marks and attribute meaning in all areas of provision. Early phonics; the foundation of reading, is taught daily through F1, F2 and Y1 with catch up programs for any Y2 and Y3 pupils who require additional support. Phonics is tracked closely so that pupils are grouped according to their level of phonolical development and teaching in matched. This ensures that children develop their reading skills at a rapid pace. We believe that these building blocks to reading and writing are crucial to developing literate pupils. Parents are invited to attend Phonics workshops in F1, F2 and Y1 so they can learn about how to support their children at home. 

All pupils are expected to read at home  least three times a week as a minimum but we encourage pupils to 'strive for five' times. The reading scheme for pupils who are learning to read matches the phonological level they are working at. Once pupils are reading fluently and for pleasure, they read from the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme.

From F2 – Y6 we use the English scheme ‘Read to Write’, an evidence-based teaching of writing through comprehensive units that have been carefully constructed so the entire statutory curriculum for English is covered. The scheme empowers teachers to provide high-quality teaching of writing through high-quality literature. Detailed units of work centre on engaging, vocabulary-rich texts, with a wealth of writing opportunities within and across the curriculum. The scheme has a very clear progression of skills to ensure that pupil progress at a rapid pace.

We aim to develop pupils who can reflect upon and edit their writing in response to feedback. We teach the pupils to evaluate their work against success criteria so they can strive to adjust and improve their writing outcomes.

Guided reading is taught in groups daily using high quality texts that are closely matched to pupils reading ability. In addition to this, we have a team of teaching assistants and volunteers who read 1:1 with pupils. Class teachers ensure that the pupils are read a story or class novel most days so that they have access to high level vocabulary and the pleasure of hearing a story out loud.

We aim to provide our pupils with enrichment opportunities within the English curriculum including watching a pantomime at Christmas, watching performances from drama companies in school, taking part in school productions and visiting the theatre to watch plays. We celebrate World Book Day and World Poetry Day and hold competitions in school to raise the profile of reading. 

We teach children at Townfield to write using a cursive script. We know that using a cursive script helps most children become more confident, fluent writers and also helps improve spelling. We believe that good presentation skills are important as we want children to value their own work.

We are committed to ensuring we do our very best to help the children in our care become creative writers and successful readers. 

World Book Day 2020

On World Book Day, the children and staff were invited to dress as their favourite book character. We held two exciting assemblies in which staff read snippets and acted out sections from their favourite books. The children took part in various book related activities during the afternoon. 

'Strive for 5'

All children are expected to read at home at least three times a week. Since September we have encourged pupils to 'strive for 5' times a week. We have been monitoring each class to see who has risen to the challenge. Here are a few snaps of children who have consistently demonstrated this habit. they were awarded a certificate and an Easter egg. Well done children!

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Ben Butler Y6

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Harry Davies and Emily Martin Y5

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Book corners

We have been developing our book corners to encourage pupils to have a love of reading. We aim to ensure that all book corners in school have a wide varirty of text types (fiction, non-fiction, plays, poetry, comics, newspapers); are well organised and labelled; are comfortable and inviting. If you have any time to spare, please come and volunteer to read with children in one of our lovely book corners. Thank you!

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World Poetry Day

This year we held a poetry compeition. Each class was tasked with learning a poem off by heart then performing it. Mrs Kinnear visited each class to hear their poems and what a joy it was! The children tried so hard to vary their perfomances; we had groups, pairs, single performances within the class as well as actions and props.

Winners:

Upper KS2: Mrs Ali's class - Kodiak Bears

Lower KS2: Mrs Mathieson/Mrs Rigg's class - Polar Bears

KS1: Mrs Simmon's class - Honey Bears

F2: joint winners!

All winners received a special certificate!

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Year 5 performing 'In Flander's Fields'

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