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At The Elms we seek to enhance pupils’ lives through the use of Standard English, to encourage and inspire them to explore their own ideas and engage with the ideas of others through language and literature.

Literacy is integral to every aspect of the Curriculum and reflects our core values, cultural awareness and ability to express our spiritual, moral and social beliefs.  We aspire to enable our children to become enthusiastic, skilled and independent readers and to develop their confidence to communicate effectively in both speech and writing and to listen with understanding in order to achieve personal independence, technological competence and success in the modern world.

At The Elms, literacy in its widest sense, including spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary are integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. It is a subject in its own right and the medium for instruction as it provides access to the whole curriculum and fluency is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.

Speaking and Listening

Pupils are encouraged to learn how to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using a wide range of opportunities such as: R Time, drama lessons, school productions, assemblies and our School Council. 

Children learn throughout the school to justify ideas with reasons and to ask questions and check understanding, progressively acquiring the skills to develop their vocabulary and to build knowledge for effective communication.  This allows our children to negotiate, evaluate and build on the ideas of others.

The Elms' children are taught to give well-structured descriptions and explanations and to develop their understanding through speculating, hypothesising as well as beginning to appreciate and evaluate the views of others, while articulating, exploring and refining their own ideas across the range of the curriculum.  

There are many opportunities to link cross curricular experience in the humanities through geographical enquiry, historical visits and re-enactment as well as the sciences, sporting achievements, trips and events. Spoken language is the facilitator to clarify and organise thought.

Reading and Writing

Our aim is to develop pupils’ reading and writing in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge.

Pupils are supported in their first steps to decode and develop their graphic and phonic knowledge and encouraged to become the fluent, independent readers who question and reflect on what they read and who enjoy reading for pleasure. We have high expectations for reading both at home and at school and support these with fabulous Library facilities and many reading schemes and incentives to encourage young readers and promote their range and appreciation of the writer’s craft. 

In the classroom and independent study, our children learn how to use, appreciate and analyse a range of text to acquire information, engage with ideas, gain further insight into their own and other cultures and extend their own personal and social awareness. Specific skills to skim and scan text and retrieve and infer meaning, predict and develop an understanding of authorial intent are taught to develop keen comprehension and maximise engagement.  We constantly review and monitor the range of our resources to ensure quality material and the variety (prose, drama, poetry, non-fiction and fiction) to engage our young readers, as well as encouraging after school activities in their selection.

Pupils are encouraged to become confident, articulate writers who understand that writing is a means of learning, shaping their experience, exploring ideas and expressing feelings. At The Elms the children write for a wide variety of purposes and audiences and learn progressively the components of the complex writing process to develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar. Children are taught in varied and inspiring ways to appreciate the benefits of drafting, redrafting and proof-reading and experience a range of genres including narrative, poetry, explanation, description, comparison, summary and evaluation.

Their writing supports them in rehearsing, understanding and consolidating what they have spoken, heard or read. In addition useful study skills such as note-taking and cross curricular ICT skills provide a range of varied media, presentational and organisational aspects to craft their work to a high standard and reinforce the transitional skills required to further higher education.

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The Elms, Junior School to Trent College, Derby Road, Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire,
NG10 4AD, United Kingdom

PHONE: 0115 849 4942

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