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Teaching English At Beulah Juniors

Our aim when teaching English is to ensure that our pupils develop excellent skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. To achieve this we provide stimulating lessons where children learn in a variety of ways including individual immersion in a task; collaboration with peers and through practical engagement.  Our teaching approach is consolidated through individual, small group and whole class work and we provide opportunities for pupils to produce cross-curricular writing wherever possible.

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At Beulah, we want all our children to be confident, enthusiastic readers because we know fluent readers will be successful across the curriculum.  We organise reading clubs; are always developing our thriving library and try to instill a love of reading thorough assemblies, book fairs and other special events.

In school, children take part in a daily ‘Reading Time’ in which they complete a ranges of activities including twice weekly guided sessions with their teacher and a teaching assistant. Follow-up work supports development of inference skills and the acquisition of new vocabulary.

Our expectation is that parents support children in their daily practising of reading skills using either readers from one of our schemes (online- Bug Club) or ‘real’ reading books, which can be borrowed from our lively and stimulating library.  We provide reading record books and reward efforts so that pupils can share their progress and track their reading journey. Children’s online progress is also monitored daily.

Some children are taught to improve their reading skills using the synthetic phonic method. At present, pupils across the school are provided with daily phonic sessions and are also expected to complete phonic homework weekly. Those children who have mastered all the necessary phonics, develop their spelling and grammar in an ‘Accuracy’ session.

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The principles of writing are communicated, explored and developed using video, music and  art as well as the spoken word. This range of stimuli is designed to both enhance children’s experiences and hold their interest. We devise our curriculum so that pupils gain confidence and skills while practising a range of genres.

Grammar Punctuation and Spelling (GPS) – fundamental to good writing – is embedded in our scheme of work and evident in our planning. We place considerable importance on excellent handwriting skills which are taught in short focused weekly sessions. We encourage the highest levels of penmanship in our pupils.

All our children are encouraged and given opportunity to speak before audiences, in whole school assemblies, class assemblies and year group plays. We keenly support pupils in developing oral and aural aspect of their learning, knowing that their increased confidence and ability to express themselves clearly, respond to presentations and articulate their ideas will undoubtedly support general language acquisition, usage and development.