English Overview 

At Bidston Village we teach English to make sure our pupils learn to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.

Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.
We aim  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 through widespread reading for enjoyment. Through the teaching of English we aim to ensure that all pupils: 

- read easily, fluently and with good understanding 
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information 
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language 
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage 
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences 
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas 
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate. 

Teaching reading and phonics

Teaching children to read is of utmost importance at Bidston Village CE Primary School and we believe reading is a life enhancing skill that is the entitlement of every child. We provide a rounded and wholesome approach that encourages children to love books, to love reading, to love finding out information and to love sharing stories together. 

At Bidston Village, reading begins in Nursery – this involves handling books, sharing stories, talking about books, including books on our displays, labeling areas and objects in the classroom and basic phonic recognition.

This vital work is then continued into Reception where phonics are taught using a systematic, synthetic phonic approach as the prime approach to word recognition. All teachers and teaching assistants have been trained in these effective and proven approaches to the teaching of reading.

Phonics, loosly based around Letters and Sounds,  are taught daily to all children in EYFS and KS1 with the expectation that they will have secured word recognition skills and be fluent readers by the end of KS1. This teaching is further enhanced by the Phonics Play website, which the school subscribes to.

Guided Reading is taught throughout the school. At all stages teachers plan a series of reading activities for pupils to complete both in school and at home to enable pupils to both read, comprehend and read for pleasure. Progression is ensured at Bidston Village using graded books to both support and challenge our young learners and interventions are available in all year groups if children require further support and assistance in any area of reading.

The school continues to invest in reading materials and a new school library has recently been completed and will be available for the children and parents to use soon.

We think it is important that the school environment reflects a positive attitude to reading and children are given lots of opportunities to apply their reading across the curriculum.

Parental involvement in reading is encouraged with home-school reading record log books. 


Homework Help - English

The following is a selection of websites to support children in their writing, including grammar.

BBC Skillswise provides basic English for upper KS2 children and above. Includes a lot of games to practise skills.