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At Wyberton Primary School we believe that, through a creative curriculum, every child should be provided with an equal opportunity to explore all areas of English. We aim to develop independent learners who are motivated, confident and who have the ability to achieve personal success.

We aim to develop all pupils’ abilities through the following main areas:

-        Spoken Language;

-        Reading;

-       Writing;

-       Grammar;

-       Spelling

-       Handwriting.

 

 

SPOKEN LANGUAGE

Spoken language is an important and integral part of our English work and it underpins the development of reading and writing. We aim to provide a range of challenging opportunities for all in our community - children and adults alike - to participate knowing that their contributions are always valued.

The objectives for Spoken Language will be taught and practiced throughout the whole curriculum in every Key Stage. Our aim is to develop the following in our students:

  • A capacity to explain their understanding of books and other reading, and to prepare their ideas before they write;
  • Making their thinking clear to themselves and others which provides teachers with an opportunity to probe and remedy any misconceptions;
  • Conventions for discussion and debate;
  • Practice of drama – responding to a range of roles
  • Opportunities to improvise, devise, and script drama for a range of audiences;
  • Rehearse, refine, share and respond thoughtfully to drama and theatre performances.

We develop these skills through our lessons across the curriculum, Life Skills curriculum, class assemblies, participation in the School Council, Enterprise afternoons, carol concerts, productions, competitions and debates. During lessons, there are opportunities for paired and group talk as well as presentations and debates.

 

 

Poetry Recitals

At Wyberton Primary School, we understand the importance of exploring poetry – not only to learn about rhyme, but also to explore part of our country’s rich literacy heritage. During our celebratory World Book Day assembly, each class recited a poem to the school.

Some of the poems included ‘Daffodils’ by William Wordsworth; ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll; “Daffodowndilly’ by A.A.Milne, ‘The Sound Collector’ by Rodger McGough and the amusing ‘Gran can you Rap?’ by Jack Ousbey.    

News from Debating Club

In debate club, we have been exploring France’s law regarding covering your face in public. The debate group felt very passionate about this as you can see from their responses below.

France's burqa ban upheld by human rights court

European judges declare that preservation of a certain idea of 'living together' was legitimate aim of French authorities.

 

The law, introduced in 2010, makes it illegal for anyone to cover their face in a public place. While it also covers balaclavas and hoods, the ban has been criticised as targeting Muslim women.

 

 READING

We believe that reading is a journey born out of curiosity for the world around us; leading to an understanding and enjoyment of texts, poetry and plays following a carefully structured path. In the National Curriculum, reading is split into the two dimensions of word reading and comprehension.

 

At Wyberton Primary School, we use a colour banding scheme which includes a range of fiction and non-fictions texts by a wide range of authors. The scheme is used to develop fluent, confident readers who comprehend the texts that they explore. This scheme allows for children to initially explore books by using pictures to talk about settings and characters. Progression from this stage allows the children the opportunities to apply their learning of phonics to books within the reading scheme. As the children work through the scheme, they will read a range of texts including poetry, play scripts, stories set in different cultures or times and non-fictional texts such as information books or newspapers.

 

Children will progress through the colour stages depending on their reading ages and abilities. We also have a wide range of books in our libraries for the children to enjoy reading including some of the English classics such as Oliver Twist, Black Beauty or some of the works of Shakespeare.