English teaching at Westfield aims to provide our children with firm foundations in reading, writing and speaking and listening. Secure skills in these areas will ensure that the children can confidently negotiate everyday life. Furthermore, we hope to develop a love of language and literature that will stay with them throughout their lives.

Each year group is introduced to a wide range of genres and texts from narratives to newspaper reports, from play-scripts to instructions. Every unit that is taught is carefully planned to tie into each year group’s learning journey. Within each unit, texts are analysed by drawing out key features and then a range of practical and skill-based activities are delivered so that children are immersed in the genre. This then provides them with a solid foundation on which to base their own extended writing.

Westfield School works hard to develop every child’s reading ability. In the EYFS and KS1 the children are regularly heard read individually. As they develop their reading skills they move on to group or whole class reading sessions which aim to develop children’s comprehension skills. Where necessary, there is extra support for children who need it.  In EYFS and KS1 children are taught to read through phonics.  Westfield follows the Letters and Sounds phonic programme.  If you have any questions about the teaching of phonics, please see your child’s teacher.