At Ruislip Gardens Primary School, we strongly believe that the successful acquisition of skills taught through the English curriculum (oracy, reading & writing) form the building blocks for children’s learning in all aspects of the curriculum. To this end we use a topic based, enquiry led curriculum, which enables the children to become confident readers and writers in a wide range of genres.
Children in Nursery and reception work with adults on focussed English activities as well as experiencing reading, writing and speaking & listening in self –directed activities. In both the outdoor classroom and indoor learning environments, children have access to a variety of activities to stimulate their development: role play areas, where they can perform; small world activities & social areas which promote language and interaction and a variety of mark-making and writing opportunities. Reading corners provide an engaging place for story retelling and recall. Phonics is taught formally from the beginning of nursery and the children are placed on the reading scheme. First accessing wordless stories then when they have acquired the basic skills necessary to begin to sound out simple words they begin to move through the scheme.
From years 1-6 English is taught every day across the school, either as part of the current topic work or as part of a unit of work based around a particular text. Non-fiction writing is introduced through the current topic to make it relevant and purposeful to the children. Drama and presentations are included as a vital part of a unit of work. The curriculum is planned so that there is consistency between classes and progression through year groups. Writing books are used from reception to year 6. These record the lessons leading up to and the extended piece of writing, which is produced weekly. In addition, where appropriate, further written work is also included in science and topic books as part of the unit that is being covered. The teaching of grammar and punctuation is incorporated into the English lesson; linking to the current genre, so that it is purposeful.
Discrete lessons in spelling & handwriting take place throughout the week. Children are taught a particular spelling rule, letter formation or join and strategies to remember these are modelled. As with all aspects of English, teachers promote high expectations for the children by displaying the best examples of each child’s work, in order to celebrate their progress.
Reading is taught in a separate lesson 4 times per week using a whole-class approach. Whole-class reading sessions mean that children of all attainment bands are immersed in the same high-quality literature and the discussions that these texts promote. When reading, the teacher models good use of intonation, movement, volume and expression. When discussing the text, the teacher models and expects from children, high-quality responses with evidence and explanations provided to support. Learning objectives focus on one or two specific skills per session, so that the approach for each may be clearly modelled and the understanding assessed.
For a list of the reading skills we teach for word reading and comprehension click here.
Year’s 1 & 2 also have discrete phonics lessons. Please see the phonics section of the website for further details.
The children in key stage 1 follow The Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme. They read to an adult once a week in school and take one fiction and one non-fiction book home to read with their family.
All the children in Key stage 2 have access to the school library provides a wide range of both genres and authors for them to read. The children visit the school library at least once a week to choose a book to read both in school and at home. The books in the library are well organised and the librarian is skilled in directing children to an appropriate range of reading material for their age and reading ability.
We foster a wider family involvement in the children’s reading routines by keeping parents/carers informed of their child’s progress in reading and by having reading workshops, which give strategies to help their child to become confident at word reading and comprehension. The children are asked to read at home as part of their home learning and parents are encouraged to comment in the home school book.
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As Headteacher I would like to welcome you all to our school. Ruislip Gardens Primary School is a very special place. Visitors comment positively about the school, from the children’s behaviour and their enthusiasm to the staffs ongoing commitment and dedication. We understand the power of education and take very seriously our duty to give your children the best start in life. I am personally very proud to be a member of this community.
The school recognises the value and uniqueness of each individual child and adult at Ruislip Gardens. We celebrate the talents and gifts of each child and enable them to develop to their full potential spiritually, morally, academically, socially and physically.
Our shared vision “Growing and Achieving Together” underpins all we believe in. Our core values
- Providing a safe and nurturing environment
- Establishing lifelong values
- Developing confident and independent learners
- Inspiring excellence
- Enabling everyone to succeed
show how Ruislip Gardens is dedicated to ensuring we help all our children become successful and happy young people. Their learning and personal development are our driving force.
With support and advice from all our stakeholders we were able to develop Ruislip Gardens 4 Life-long Values:
Each value has a definition, which you can read in the vision and values
section of the website.
I would like to extend an invitation to you to visit our school if you have
not already, where you are guaranteed a warm welcome. Finally I would
like to thank you for your continued support and for trusting us with the
privilege of educating your precious children.