At Silver Tree Primary School, we recognise the crucial importance of studying the English language. Improved performance in speaking and listening, reading and writing will enable our pupils to express their thoughts and ideas more fluently, to engage more successfully with other curriculum subjects and will ultimately enrich their lives beyond school. The teaching and learning of language skills are, therefore, given a high priority in our school.
We have high expectations for our pupils and we encourage them to become independent learners and who strive to be confident in all areas of English. Our overarching aim is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature.
For further information, please click the links below.
The teaching of phonics is embedded within English teaching in each class. Additional provision is made in the EYFS and Key Stage 1 each day in discrete phonics sessions. These comprise of learning different graphemes, focussing on oral and aural phonological skills and sight vocabulary. During these sessions, children are also explicitly shown how to apply their developing skills to their writing. Pupils are grouped in accordance to their individual needs and are in phase appropriate groups.
Our systematic synthetic phonics programme of choice is Rocket Phonics from Rising Stars.
We recently held a virtual Reading meeting for the parents and carers of our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils. Please find the information slides from the meeting below.
If you require any further information, support or guidance regarding Phonics, please see the video below as well as the parent and carers’ guide linked underneath it, as these resources contain lots of useful information. Alternatively, please ask a member of school staff who would be happy to help.
Promoting a Love of Reading
Our pupils love taking part in the events that we run to promote a love of reading. Take a look at the photos below to see what we’ve been up to!
Roald Dahl Day – September 2021
Outdoor Reading Picnics – July 2021
Pupil Reading Survey
We recently conducted a survey to find out about our pupils’ attitudes towards reading. We’re really proud of our pupils’ reading and we feel the results reflect that; please click below to see them for yourself!