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06/07/20

A lovely Monday morning welcoming back Year 2. https://t.co/dmaGd1fFwe

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04/07/20

Retweeted From de Stafford School

Year 6 - please find a welcome video from our Inclusion and SEND team. We can't wait to meet you! https://t.co/btIqDJaqxW

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04/07/20

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We've been very impressed with the work submitted by Year 6 students so far. Don't forget there's a 'Year 7 Taster Task' to be found for every subject via our Google Classroom! https://t.co/vmxBVMxJ5O

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30/06/20

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Happy International Handstand day from everyone at and a massive thank you to the awesome Miss Young for creating this video. Enjoy! I wonder what and think... https://t.co/4nRTMvxlPF

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24/06/20

Retweeted From John Williams

It’s great to see a bit of socially distanced bustle back into school now we’ve welcomed back y6, y1 and Rec as well as children of key workers. Thanks must go to the hard work of all staff and support of parents across

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16/05/20

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A little message from Year 4😍🌈 https://t.co/OBha8A67r6

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13/05/20

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We are excited to be opening a BRAND NEW Nursery at Whyteleafe Primary School in , and we are looking for excellent practitioners to join us at this exciting time. We have opportunities for a Level 2, Level 3 and a Nursery Apprenticeship: https://t.co/NB24JGcVQW

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07/05/20

Yesterday, Poppy completed a 20km (1000 lengths of her garden) sunrise walk from 4am for Shooting Stars Children’s Hospice and raised over £1000. Well done, Poppy. We are so proud of you!!! https://t.co/9x8O1YVAy0

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23/04/20

From all the staff at Whyteleafe. We miss you. https://t.co/gaziuj9C0r

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22/04/20

Today, we built dens! https://t.co/Wp9LzOgxrV

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21/04/20

A little message from school... https://t.co/jhFEMgriVR

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20/04/20

Just a little reminder to all parents and carers...you are doing an amazing job!! https://t.co/eQGs8MPYoV

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17/04/20

Another successful week at Whyteleafe School. Rock painting, banner making and Sapphire ties. Well done to the staff and children who were in over the holidays to provide care for our key worker’s children. https://t.co/FL0zpUNXxE

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09/04/20

Happy Easter from Whyteleafe School!! Well done to the staff team and children in this week!! What a week of Easter celebrations!!! https://t.co/Np0dbeIcxZ

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09/04/20

Retweeted From Rachel Holding

that's so lovely.....didn't realise you had children in this week. you are all superstars x

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09/04/20

Retweeted From Emma Louise Skipper

Team 2 and our fabulous year four boys. Xx

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09/04/20

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Who’s responsible for this fab sign?? Happy Easter to all https://t.co/b3aK0lie3z

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07/04/20

Retweeted From John Williams

Are you looking for your first DHT appointment? Take a look here and please get in touch if you’re interested 👇 https://t.co/Z519kaS7cG

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03/04/20

from Whyteleafe School. https://t.co/lxxS5FHyTJ

English

At Whyteleafe School, we aim to inspire a passion for all aspects of Engish: reading, writing, listening and speaking. We want all children to develop a love of reading in any setting, whether it is choosing to read and explore books or being aware of the opportunities to read in their surrounding environment. Our two libraries encourage children to develop their imagination and their knowledge of the world through reading at school and home; children choose their own books to take home and share with others.  At Whyteleafe, we know how essential the parents’ and carers’ support is, therefore parents and carers are encouraged to share their child’s development in reading through the exploration of books, listening to their child read and using differing question types to improve comprehension. 

In EYFS and Key Stage 1, phonics is taught daily to enhance skills in reading.  This is regularly assessed by teachers in order to meet the emerging needs of children throughout the year.  Across the school, skills in reading are taught explicitly in order to ensure that children have a good understanding of what they have read as well as being confident, fluent readers. Every year group teaches whole class reading throughout the week, building fluency, retrieval, explanation and inference skills. A wide variety of reading genres are covered to enable children to appreciate fiction and non-fiction works, poetry, adventure stories, newspaper reports and classics. 

We use the structure of the curriculum to encourage creative and imaginative writing through a range of stimuli.  At the heart of our English curriculum, we use a strategy which is based upon the notion that talking through creative ideas before writing them is key to understanding a child’s own writing processes.  Children are given opportunities to express their work visually through role play and putting actions to their writing plans. They are motivated to present their work through a variety of mediums. As effective presentation is a valuable skill, children develop a clear style of  handwriting when presenting through written forms. Children are encouraged to develop their own unique style of handwriting whilst working to the parameters of cursive handwriting in order to ensure that writing styles are fluent and legible.

Within each year group, a range of text types is studied in order to ensure children are exposed to varying grammatical and linguistic choices used by different authors for different purposes.  These text types are carefully chosen to suit the emerging needs and interests of the children within the year group. Skills to develop spelling, punctuation and grammar are built into the curriculum, with children gaining an awareness of the different styles of writing for a variety of audiences.  

 These strategies also support the development of oracy skills. In addition, children enjoy and are exposed to many other opportunities to further those skills: debating throughout the curriculum; modelling of well-constructed texts; speaking opportunities, no pens day; modelling of and extending vocabulary in context; acting in class assemblies.

 We work hard to ensure that all children make good progress. Reading and writing are assessed continually throughout the year, both formally and informally, and children are given opportunities to reflect on their learning. Talented pupils are identified through their ability to apply their learning in different contexts, across the curriculum, and by drawing on previously learnt concepts. As a result, they are encouraged to think and apply their learning more deeply, make insightful predictions based on what has been written or read, ask questions in order to extend understanding and discuss ideas from different perspectives.

By the end of year 6, pupils’ reading and writing should be sufficiently fluent and effortless for them to manage the general demands of the curriculum in year 7, across all subjects and not just in English. They should be able to reflect their understanding of the audience and purpose of their writing by selecting appropriate vocabulary and grammar. Pupils’ confidence, enjoyment and mastery of language will be extended through public speaking, performance and debate.

 

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