“Reading about the BFG this term, we’ve been finding out interesting stuff about different potions. Working on posters and drawing dream jars has also been fun” … Year 4 pupil
At The Minster Junior School, we embrace and celebrate the fact that many of our children come from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, and join us with varying levels of English ability.
We understand that every child who speaks English as a second language needs extra support to reach their full potential. To ensure that this happens, teachers differentiate their teaching, or the task in hand, to appropriately challenge every one of our children.
In addition to high quality teaching, we also help children to accelerate their learning, both in school and at home, by using computer programs such as Nessy and Learning Village. These programs help children develop their phonics knowledge as well as learn more ‘survival English’.
Speaking and Listening
A wide range of speaking and listening activities are planned for throughout the school.
All children are encouraged to develop skills of discussion, planning together, questioning, evaluating tasks and presenting findings to others. To develop these skills, children are given many opportunities to work collaboratively with others, in pairs or groups, with adult support or independently.
As part of the curriculum, children are encouraged to participate in a variety of drama related activities, including role-play and the performance of short plays.
All children in the school are encouraged to participate in class assemblies, which give them the opportunity to perform to a wider audience.
During any oral activity, children are expected to listen politely and attentively to speakers (including other children).
All children have access to many exciting and stimulating reading materials. They have opportunities to listen to fiction and poetry read to them by adults or other children.
A range of reading activities is systematically planned for in the classroom. These take place during the whole class teaching of reading. The sessions are planned to develop reading skills and techniques, such as prediction, reflection and understanding of a wide variety of aspects of literature.
Children use an English journal in which to record any comprehension work and activities. Children take home reading books with their English journal. They are able to record the books they have read in the reading log in this journal.