At Ireland Wood we put great emphasis on providing high quality English lessons and enrichment opportunities. The children have access to fantastic resources to support their learning. We have a fantatsic range of texts and are currently developing our library to allow the pupils an even wider choice and facilties to enhance indpendent research. We have extensive ICT resources including class Ipads and a radio station to air children's work. The school works closely with local authors, theatre companies and networks with local schools to provide exciting opportunities for our children.
The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic
- conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations,demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
Each week children in Y1-6 will be given a set of spellings to learn. These are generally tested on a Wednesday but do check with the class teacher. Spellodrome is an interactive resouce that allows the children to practise their weekly spellings online in a fun game. Each child has an individual log in. Please click on the link above to sign in.
Children will choose books from our Reading scheme to take home and share with you. We do expect home reading to take place at least three times a week. They will also access additional texts during Guided Reading sessions and be given the opportunity to choose libray books from school and the public library at Holt Park.
We teach Phonics daily to children in R-Y2. The school follows 'Floppy Phonics'. This scheme has proved to be very successful in and we have seen excellent Y1 screening results in 2014-15. The website below offers some free resources which can be accessed at home to suppot your child's phonics knowledge.
At Ireland Wood we celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March with a range of activities:
- Dress-up as a book character
- Roll-up & read: Parents came into school and spent 15 minutes enjoying a story together with their child.
- Staff Story time: School staff visited classrooms through the week to share their favourite story with classes.
- The Bumper Book Quiz: Inter-house competition was held for KS1 and KS2.
- Poster Competition: Children completed a poster sharing their favourite book. Posters will be displayed in school and prizes were awarded to the winning poster designs.