At Gawber School children are taught to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others. Through their own reading and listening, others can communicate with them too!
All elements of English (reading, writing and spoken language) are heavily intertwined at Gawber, and we provide our children with rich opportunities to use the language and vocabulary skills that they have acquired in focused English sessions as well as across the curriculum. In EYFS and KS1, the Read Write Inc programme is used to provide our children with the compositional and transcriptional knowledge they need to become confident writers. In KS2, children use the Talk for Writing approach, enabling the children to orally imitate the language needed for a particular type of writing, before reading, analysing and eventually writing their own versions.
Gawber children are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate. The progression of spoken language is interwoven throughout our whole curriculum. At Gawber, our children use discussion in order to learn; they elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.
Through their writing, our children use the knowledge of the spoken and written word combined with their knowledge of other areas of the curriculum to produce writing for a specific audience and with a specific purpose.
Language comprehension and composition is at the heart of our curriculum. We equip our children with a strong command of the spoken and written word across all areas of the curriculum, encouraging our children to understand how they can write effectively in all areas of learning. We ensure that all children are provided with opportunities to widen their vocabulary and gain a secure knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language by integrating this across our curriculum. This then ensures that our children move onto the next stage of their education as competent writers, able to take on the challenges of secondary school subjects. Eventually, we aim for Gawber children to become adults who are able to write effectively for the jobs they dream of acquiring.