English is taught at Lime Tree Primary as a stand-alone subject and across a topic-based creative curriculum. Pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in every year group at Lime Tree. We encourage pupils to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, to communicate with others effectively and we foster their love of reading as part of their education.

Throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Nursery and Reception study the Prime Area of Communication and Language, and Specific Area of Literacy as outlined in the 2012 Early Years National Curriculum. The children receive daily phonics sessions taught through a combination of Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics scheme.

In Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as engaging with non-fiction and media texts through ‘The Power of Reading,’ scheme (CLPE). We encourage performance with drama and plenty of class talk opportunities to further develop our children’s literacy experiences and joy of self-expression.

Reading is continually promoted through Book Week, book fairs, trips and book swaps opportunities throughout the year. We also have a ‘resident author’ (over a two year cycle), committed to our love of reading at Lime Tree Primary, *Bethan Woollvan who won the prestigious Macmillan Prize 2014 for Children’s Picture book Illustration and she will be working closely with classes during this cycle.

In writing, pupils become able to select and adapt what they say and write in different situations and for different audiences. Other aspects of English, such as spelling, handwriting, phonics and guided reading are taught within class and as discrete lessons during the week.

Above all, our aim is to make the exploration of the English language and literature a challenging and exciting experience.

See Bethan Woollvin’s website: http://www.bethanwoollvin.com/

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