English has an important place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.
Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society. At St. Michael’s CE Primary School we encourage a wide range of speaking and listening activities to help children to form meaningful relationships. We use English skills across the curriculum and encourage and develop creativity in writing by using a range of starting points and stimuli.
The teaching of phonics makes up an integral part of how children learn to read and spell. Throughout EYFS and KS1 we follow the Letters and Sounds six-phase Teaching Programme.The phonics play website has some useful games to help your child practise the phase that they are learning.