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Intent

At Queensway Infant Academy, English is the centre of our curriculum and our priority is to develop children's spoken language, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary and the skills and knowledge and knowledge they require for them to succeed. 

Phonics  

At Queensway Infant Academy and Nursery, we believe that there is no greater skill we can teach a child than how to read fluently and for enjoyment. We believe that reading is a key skill for academic success. In order to build the foundations of reading and as an integral part of such teaching, we place a strong emphasis on teaching high-quality phonics using the Letters and Sounds teaching programme. All our children are provided with a phonological awareness that supports their speaking and listening skills and is used to further develop their reading. This phonological approach is encouraged across the whole school 

 

Reading  

At Queensway Infant Academy and Nursery, we believe that all pupils should have the opportunity to be fluent, confident readers who are able to successfully comprehend and understand a wide range of texts. We want pupils to develop a love of reading, a good knowledge of a range of authors, and be able to understand more about the world in which they live through the knowledge they gain from texts. The ability to decode words is taught through our high-quality phonics programme using letters and sounds. It is taught systematically in response to ongoing assessments and the needs of individual children. A phonological approach to reading is encouraged across the whole school. We aim to provide all children with numerous opportunities to achieve the reading expectations for their age group. In addition, we want to light a spark for literature through the teaching and reading together of quality texts. 

 

Writing  

At Queensway Infant Academy and Nursery, writing is taught through a range of exciting stimuli across Foundation subjects as well as in English lessons, which include books, film clips, artefacts, visitors and real-life experiences. We strive to provide the children with opportunities to develop a wide vocabulary that will help them bring their writing to life. Drama, role play and talk for writing is used to develop language. We strive to provide a solid understanding of grammar in order to write clearly, accurately and coherently. Handwriting is taught through a structured system which starts with developing both gross motor and fine motor skills through carefully structured activities in EYFS and moves onto the PenPals handwriting scheme.