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Ivy Lane School

Ivy Lane School


english aims and experiences 

At Ivy Lane we will promote the life skills of English by:

  • Establishing an entitlement for all pupils;
  • Providing children with interactive learning opportunities that are matched to their needs;
  • Endorsing a shared love and understanding of English, especially a culture of reading for pleasure;
  • Teaching an engaging skills based curriculum in Reading - equipping children with the tools needed to understand a text;
  • Developing a growing vocabulary in written and spoken form;
  • Establishing high expectations for teachers and pupils;
  • Developing continuity and coherence across the school;
  • Developing an understanding of grammar that underpins our use of language;
  • Having opportunity to write clearly, adapting their language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences;
  • Understand spelling conventions and
  • Have the opportunity to develop neat and well presented work.

Key Experiences

We aim to provide children with the following key experiences:

  • The opportunity to share in quality speaking and listening experiences on a regular basis.
  • Access to a range of reference, fiction, poetry and non-fiction materials within the school and the opportunity to take home books of their own choice from Chippenham Library, the school’s own Library and the class reading area.
  • The opportunity to engage in guided, shared and individual reading, writing and big talk activities (see Ivy Lane’s 50 experiences for more details).
  • Access to a wide range of writing materials and implements for all aspects of writing.
  • The opportunity to experience theatre at least once during Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
  • The opportunity to learn stories and take part in story making every second term.
  • The opportunity to engage in extended writing regularly.
  • The opportunity to write books, plays and poetry for other audiences at least once during KS1 and KS2.
  • The opportunity to take part in a performance for a wider audience, including assemblies and productions.
  • The opportunity to participate in book/author/storytelling events.
  • The opportunity to participate in projects run to develop the skills involved in English (eg. Bath Rugby Project and Page turners)
  • The opportunity to receive high quality and first class teaching of reading, writing grammar, spelling and phonics.

reading and phonics 

  • We provide opportunities for children to learn about reading in a variety of ways – through the teaching of phonics, reading independently and aloud to an adult, through reading in pairs, in guided groups and as a class depending on their needs, the nature of the activity and the learning objectives.
  • In Key Stage 1 we use a range of resources to teach phonics. This includes letters and sounds; Jolly Phonics; foam letters; flash cards and a wide range of games. These are also available for small groups of children that may not have met the phonics check at lower Key Stage 2.
  • Across both key stages we use a wide variety of teaching materials and texts for reading, including: The turning pages project; Better Reading Partnership, Letters and Sounds, BLAST, Narrative therapy, Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cat Collins and whole class texts. This enables every child to access the planned activities and achieve the planned learning objectives.
  • We build children’s self-esteem and confidence as language users by sharing learning objectives with them and through positive and constructive oral and written feedback. For more detail see the marking and feedback policy.
  • The local library is as resource through class visits.  Children and parents are encouraged to use the library to support reading at home.
  • Our new school library launches in 2017 and the whole school community is encouraged to use it's facilities.

writing, spelling and grammar 

  • We provide opportunities for children to learn about writing, spelling and grammar in a variety of ways – through writing independently, sharing writing in pairs and in guided groups. There are also games and learning activities completed as a class depending on their needs, the nature of the activity and the learning objectives.
  • We use a wide variety of teaching materials, including: The Somerset Literacy network spelling framework; Spelling Passports, The Bath Rugby project; The Story Making Framework; Ros Wilson’s techniques for writing including; Big Talk activities within school and as part of homework; interactive games to develop writing skills and Narrative therapy. This enables every child to access the planned activities and achieve the planned learning objectives.
  • We have a high expectation for handwriting to be correctly formed and encourage children to earn pencil licenses in Key Stage 1 and pen licenses in Key Stage 2 (for more details see the writing guildelines).
  • We enable children to develop written and spoken English through the model we set as teachers, through creating a stimulating environment and through sharing and providing good quality children’s reading materials.
  • We plan for matched learning so that children’s interest is maintained, individual needs are met and developed, ensuring all children achieve success appropriate to their potential.