Our English curriculum at Bentley West aims to help pupils develop key skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Our English curriculum is engaging, fun, book centred and vocabulary rich.
Pupils are taught in Early Years and Key Stage One to read using a phonics programme called Read Write Inc (RWI). This allows them to develop word building and decoding skills, becoming confident readers and enthusiastic and talented writers. (Some children continue to use this scheme in Year 2 if this is felt to be beneficial to their successful progress.) With this as a foundation, children are then introduced to a wide range of texts –through the Literacy & Language programme and a variety of published authors.
Language and Literacy skills permeate all areas of our curriculum. The texts we use are often (although not always) linked to the current topic e.g. when children are studying Rivers in Year 4, they read The Wind in the Willows.
Children need to be able to speak, read and write fluently and accurately. Therefore, children are encouraged to communicate effectively in speech and writing and to listen with understanding.
Reading and writing are both key development areas for our school. We aim to provide stimulating and engaging texts which cover a range of fiction and non-fiction writing genres. Comprehension, spelling and grammar are also fully integrated in our English lessons. Teachers use a variety of activities and approaches to make these fun.
At Bentley West, we want to encourage all our children to love books. The children love to sit in to our classroom book corners and choose a book to take home or read in school. Here are a selection of our classroom book corners.