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English Zone

Here at Park View we are passionate that every child is a motivated speaker, reader and writer every day. The development of English skills are embedded through our enquiry based curriculum. We have fostered a love for reading and writing by having high quality texts as a driving force.


Speaking and Listening

-At Park View we recognise that listening is a fundamental life skill, therefore is encouraged and modelled in every year group.

-In all lessons children are given speaking and listening opportunities.

-Talk for learning is encouraged so that children can organise their thoughts, deepen their understanding and question their thinking.

-Children are developing their range of vocabulary through discussion.



-Effective teaching, learning and assessment of phonics is paramount in our Early Years and Key Stage one to ensure children have the foundations to become fluent readers.

-The development of reading skills, through KS1 and 2, are taught through our reading workshop approaches.

-Deliberate opportunities are planned in every subject for children to gain ‘reading miles’.

-Children are continuously encouraged to read widely and often in school and at home.

-We promote the importance of reading and listening for pleasure. Children are read aloud to daily.

-Children are introduced to new vocabulary every day.



-Children are given a range of real life purposes and audiences to write for. This results in children writing a range of genres.

-Learning journeys are carefully planned to relate to the appropriate enquiry question.

-Each learning journey includes three stages to ensure high quality outcomes:

*Stimulate and Generate

*Capture, Sort and Sift

*Create, Refine and Evaluate

-The relationship between reading and writing is made explicit to children through the whole learning journey.

- There is clear progression in the development of Vocabulary, Punctuation and Grammar through the key stages.

-Teachers give children purposeful opportunities to re visit and apply new vocabulary learnt.


Spelling and Handwriting

Spelling is taught discreetly. In KS1 children learn spellings which include the sounds they are learning in their Phonics, alongside high frequency words. In KS2 we follow the ‘No Nonsense’ spelling programme and children are given weekly spellings to learn.

Handwriting is also taught discreetly and once children can successfully apply these skills, they are awarded with a sparkly pencil to write with in KS1 and a pen in KS2.