English and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
Through pupil voice, we have found that our children thoroughly enjoy their reading experiences in school and have a clear idea of what makes reading lessons more enjoyable. Children show a real fascination when learning about characters and the different settings the stories take them to. Children display extremely positive attitudes towards reading in a whole class situation and love to listen to stories. Through our reading into writing journey, they are motivated to use stories and texts to help them when writing for a range of purposes and audiences.
Within reading sessions, children explore a range of settings, characters and plots through discussion, role play and debating activities which lead to children being able to empathise with characters and also make decisions themselves. Furthermore, our children lead their own learning within the classroom and consistently take part in self and peer assessment activities which give them the opportunity to reflect upon their own progress and achievements.
Relationships are strong across the academy, demonstrating that we value the relationships that we have with the children and also the importance of the positive relationships which children have with each other – collaborative work within English lessons provides the children with excellent learning experiences which teach them the importance of listening, sharing, appreciating other viewpoints and being respectful towards others. During guided reading, children’s understanding and appreciation of a range of texts brings them into contact with their own literary heritage and also texts from other cultures.