English is taught at Mansfield Green using the Talk for Writing strategy originally developed for the National Strategies by Pie Corbett and Julia Strong. In Talk for Writing, teaching is implemented at four different stages, these being:
Talking is a crucial aspect of our english curriculum and as such we value the impact that talking has on our english work. We follow these three levels of speaking and listening:
• Teacher talk: The verbalisation of the reader’s or writer’s thought processes as the teacher is demonstrating, modelling and discussing.
•Supported pupil talk: Structured and scaffolded opportunities for children to develop and practise Talk for writing through class and group conversations and activities.
•Independent pupil talk: Opportunities for children to develop and practise Talk for Writing in pairs and small groups, independent of the teacher.
Children are exposed to a variety of fiction and non-fiction text types, which includes:
At Mansfield Green we incorporate reading into our curriculum as much as possible. We have a daily guided reading session in which reading skills and comprehension are taught using the Bug Club Scheme. Children also frequently visit the school library and choose a library book, which is read on a daily basis. In January our children requested that they could spend more time reading with their peers from different year groups; asking them questions about their books and modelling how to decode unfamiliar words. This is done once a week on a Friday.
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