At Pine Green Academy and Evergreen Academy Primary Phase, we believe reading and writing is the gateway to all learning. All children within the Primary Phase have a right to learn to read and write in order to develop essential life skills for modern Britain, which helps them flourish and reach their full potential. Through a creative, cross-curricular approach and discrete lessons, we strive to give all children the tools to access literacy, which will open doors to a wide range of opportunities and promote a lifelong love of learning. We will aspire to develop and adapt our teaching to ensure that Pine Green Academy and Evergreen Academy Primary Phase pupils are ready for an ever-changing world without the barriers of attending an alternative provision.
We develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as an integral aspect of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium to assess the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all our subjects.
Our pupils use writing in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge. Over time we encourage our pupils to develop stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. They build on what they have been taught to expand the range and depth of their writing and the variety of the grammar they use. Children are given creative opportunities for writing, which includes narratives, explanations, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations: such writing supports them in rehearsing, understanding and consolidating what they have heard or read. We believe that writing should be creative and fun, using a range of resources such as Cornerstones Maestro, in order to get the best out of every child. We believe that it is vital that we not only teach children to write with competence, confidence, but with as much independence as possible. We endeavour to inspire and stimulate them so that they want to read and write, so that both activities bring them happiness and fulfilment. Embedding literacy across the curriculum and promoting high standards are an integral part of learning across all subjects. Through all of our lessons, and at all levels, literacy skills are encouraged and promoted so that the skills taught in specific English lessons can be applied, practiced and consolidated effectively.
Many of our children in Year 2 and Year 6 sit SATs tests in May for spelling, punctuation and grammar. These tests are for children to demonstrate their learning from the whole of the Key Stage. The children’s writing is assessed by the school. We encourage pupils to see these tests as an opportunity to shine, showing themselves and others what they know.