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14/02/20

Retweeted From Kelly

Starting our teacher training with Mrs Skipper’s motivational music!! What talented staff we have https://t.co/l3yD697Ktn

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12/02/20

Retweeted From Year 1 at Whyteleafe School

We are all very excited in year 1. liked our role play in 1N and now 1KM have a personal message. https://t.co/zE9nbRjCfo

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03/02/20

Retweeted From John Williams

Impressive collaboration across the 4 Chalklands schools this evening. Discussing effective inclusion and differentiation. https://t.co/fXWUD5iuGz

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23/01/20

Retweeted From Outdoor Learning

After a quick exit from the O2 choir are expected back to school at 10.15pm

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23/01/20

Retweeted From John Williams

A lot of buzz around this fantastic opportunity to teach at one of these schools in - Please get in touch to find out if this could be your next career move! https://t.co/SHzmcxNYOc

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23/01/20

Retweeted From Outdoor Learning

Tips to spotting us with 8000 other children! Look at the stage, back right hand corner look up, above the lit up O2 banners. We are a long thin group, year 3 at the front, year 6 at the back. Red Whyteleafe school sign. https://t.co/pQGfZnCZ90

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23/01/20

Retweeted From Outdoor Learning

Rehearsals are going well, we are all in good voice https://t.co/cVRo57ruiD

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17/01/20

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Perfect forest school hands.... https://t.co/iuD2HJNlHL

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10/01/20

Retweeted From John Williams

Various teaching and leadership positions available - please get in contact for an informal discussion about opportunities. https://t.co/dYRkpeXx0Z

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04/01/20

Retweeted From John Williams

An amazing opportunity to come and work in one of these schools Feel free to dm me for an informal chat about potential roles. https://t.co/FYdoeM7t9H

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17/12/19

Retweeted From John Williams

Such a great atmosphere across the school - every working so hard to get the very best for the children. https://t.co/jz8QL2aLMz

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13/12/19

Retweeted From Outdoor Learning

We had an enjoyable last bee club sampling different honey from different areas. 12 votes for our own and 12 for honey 👍 and a few votes for the others too.

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13/12/19

Retweeted From Outdoor Learning

We all love hotdogs on the fire as an end of term treat. https://t.co/6qnikWPraj

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13/12/19

Retweeted From John Williams

Have witnessed some incredible performances across 4 in this last week from 3 yr olds to 18 yr olds as a proud headteacher and a proud dad. Incredibly talented pupils and dedicated staff at and 🎭

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26/11/19

Retweeted From Kate Mole

Well done and thank you to the team for hosting our first maths lesson study of the year. Watching teaching, collaboration, professional discussions and dialogue - it’s the way to learn and develop practice https://t.co/xmWuqidiqQ

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26/11/19

Retweeted From Whyteleafe School Maths

Thank you to Miss Cook & 6C for welcoming so many adults into your classroom for a maths lesson today. We all learnt so much and had rich discussions about the representations and vocabulary used. https://t.co/twf70UXw58

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26/11/19

Retweeted From Sam Stewart

Great morning at for the maths lesson study. An excellent insight into how maths mastery looks in the classroom, following a number of years of embedding the practice across the school.

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05/11/19

Retweeted From Whyteleafe School PE

Congratulations to the Cross Country Team for their success rally today! All four teams won their races and we also had 2 individual winners, a second place and two 3rd places! 🏆🏆🏆🏆🥇🥇🥈🥉🥉 A thank you to the Poppys who turned up to help as hares! 🐇 🐇

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30/10/19

Retweeted From Department for Education

, the deadline to apply for a secondary school place for your child in 2020 is tomorrow 🏫📚👇 https://t.co/cfAaaYARsM https://t.co/UNbzItBCRL

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27/10/19

Retweeted From Kate Mole

Great end to a busy half term - Reception had saturated their environment in their focus number - Boy did those children understand 4 in every sense. https://t.co/XaDqzuUQcq

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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