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Communication at Watlington Primary School

 

The communication team leads the following subjects: Reading (including phonics), Writing, SPaG and Modern Foreign Languages.

 

At Watlington Primary School we believe that the Communication curriculum:

 

  • Provides a rich cross-curricular approach to English where engaging and purposeful texts are at the heart of all learning.

  • Develops skills to enable children to become proficient communicators.  Opportunities to develop children’s reading, writing and speaking & listening skills are embedded not only within the English curriculum but also across the wider creative curriculum.

  • Inspires children to engage with language and promotes enquiring, imaginative minds with the ability to ask questions and develop independent learning behaviours.

  • Maximises life skills to ensure happy, healthy and resilient adults that can utilise their communication skills for both work and pleasure.

 

Reading

 

We believe the children at Watlington Primary School:

  • Develop early phonological skills enabling them to become confident young readers using Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics that translates into progressively challenging and engaging reading throughout  KS1 and KS2.
  • Establish a thirst for reading through use of high quality texts within our Talk for Writing approach.
  • Engage with established links/visit with the local library for our younger children and maximise our excellent KS1 and 2 libraries throughout the school in order to encourage a life-long love of books. 
  • Embed comprehension skills through English and topics and benefit from reading workshops, book clubs and positive parental involvement.
  • Celebrate a love of reading through special events such as World Book Day, Shakespeare Week, author visits and shared reading through the key stages.

 

Writing

 

We believe the children at Watlington Primary School:

  • Are inspired to enjoy writing from early mark making opportunities, both inside and outside, leading to writing for purpose and intent in a range of styles.
  • Engage with Talk for Writing throughout the school that embeds a deeper understanding of genres, text-types and audience.
  • Respond to stimulating hooks to inspire purposeful writing outcomes.

 

 

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

 

We believe the children at Watlington Primary School:

  • Learn relevant skills linked to spelling, punctuation and grammar through lessons threaded across the curriculum.
  • Understand that these skills are not stand alone and therefore confidently demonstrate how to apply these skills. 

 

Modern Foreign Languages

 

We believe the children at Watlington Primary School:

  • Develop a curiosity towards other cultures and languages. 
  • Learn French from year 2-6 with a focus on oral and verbal skills.
  • Celebrate language through specific language and culture days.
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