English/Literacy

At Nelson, the children are given opportunities to talk and listen in a wide variety of creative learning activities. They are encouraged to explore, develop and explain ideas; to discuss and plan stories, poems and reports; to share their observations and opinions and to report and present their work in front of their class and in assemblies.

Children are encouraged to listen to each other as well as other adults and to respect, value and learn from opinions which are different from their own. The children have access to a very wide variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry all around the school and we help them to become confident readers, using methods which match the material and the purposes for which they are reading. Where relevant, we present them with challenging texts which broaden their perspectives and extend their thinking; becoming confident eager and enthusiastic readers who are engaged in their own learning journey through reading.  As writers we help them to write for a variety of purposes and different audiences. They write in response to a wide range of stimuli, including stories, plays and poems, their interests and experiences and the activities in the classroom. We help them to keep extending their drafting skills, their use of English and their spelling. We also give them practice in developing a good cursive style of handwriting and encourage them to present their work neatly and carefully, using technology when appropriate.

We continue to use the National Literacy Strategy as well as developing the Creative Curriculum in which the strategy belongs and which works alongside all of the other subject areas.