We believe that the teaching of English at Eskdale delivers a high quality English curriculum that gives children the best possible opportunities to become confident, literate, successful members of society with a deep love and understanding of the English language and literature. The teaching of Literacy skills at Eskdale is rooted in all five of our core values and we believe is central to improving a child's life chances and therefore should lay the foundations for English teaching beyond key stage two.
Our core intent is for all pupils to strive to become masters of language by:
*communicating clearly, learning through discussion, elaborating and explaining their understanding and ideas.
*being competent speakers and listeners, able to formally present their knowledge, demonstrate their understanding and debate key issues, showing an increasing awareness that speaking and listening are the building blocks to successful writing.
*developing a firm phonic knowledge (to both decode unfamiliar words and speedily recognise familiar, printed words) to provide a foundation for further reading skills.
*reading rich, varied texts with fluency and understanding, nurturing an increasing love for reading following our ‘Pleasure Principle of Reading’, developing a real appreciation for the wealth of literature on offer, past and present.
*reading widely and often, both fiction and non-fiction for enjoyment and for learning, recognising when to use the various active skills of reading:-
Reading Aloud – careful, complete and with voice projection and expression (often during our BOOK TALK and comprehension sessions as well as for our core subjects to aid clarity).
Scanning and Skimming – rapid, selective and silent (often used for researching foundation subjects, for timed comprehension questions etc.).
Critical reading (text marking) – underlining sections, making notes, adding questions, marking/ highlighting vocabulary etc. – (inference strategy).
Proof reading – checking for errors (used a great deal during our writing process).
Reading for learning – close reading, slower, inwardly considering (when learning new knowledge in both core and foundation subjects.)
Reading for pleasure – own chosen style, mid-paced and the choice to read more/less. We promote the Pleasure Principle of Reading taken from BOOK TALK.
*writing competently and cohesively, in and for, a range of contexts, purposes and audiences, adapting their style and use of language appropriately.