Reading and writing are the key to the entire curriculum therefore at Windy Nook Primary School we put a huge emphasis on the teaching and learning of the English.

A focus is placed on the teaching of phonics especially in Early Years and Key Stage One. Throughout the school, the children are encouraged to read a range of texts to give breadth and balance to their reading. Guided Group Reading lessons are planned according to the needs of each phase and it is not a ‘one fits all approach’. Each phase in school has class authors and poets which they study during the course of the year. The development and acquisition of writing skills is taught through daily handwriting, spelling and grammar and punctuation (GAP Buster) being taught every day as an integral part of every English lesson. It is these areas which have led to the English curriculum being bespoke to the needs of our learners here at Windy Nook. Every week, each class undertakes an extended writing lesson where the skills that have been taught during that week culminate in a longer piece of writing. The expectation across all year groups is that the standard of writing should be the same in all subjects eg. History, science etc. All genres of writing are covered throughout the year, by each year group. A range of media is used to deliver stimulating English lessons.

Digital media, in a variety of forms, is used to inspire learning in English. We have embedded across the English curriculum the use of film, images and music to develop our reading and writing skills. Using images, text and music as our stimuli, we discuss and analyse digital media to develop our inference and deduction skills. These transferrable skills are applied to our reading across the curriculum. We also use digital media to support our reading into writing approach. Digital media is used alongside written texts to inspire our writing. This approach encourages engagement in the development of reading and writing skills, and particularly supports the engagement of reluctant readers and writers who can find digital media more accessible than written texts alone.

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