Milton Abbot School
Milton Abbot, Tavistock, Devon PL19 0PS Tel 01822 870273 Headteacher Ms Jo Nutbeam A place of happiness and learning
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Milton Abbot Primary School

ENGLISH

ENGLISH

To be able to use our language effectively and creatively is at the centre of all our work in school. English, as a ‘curriculum subject’ is given prime importance. It is, inevitably, interwoven within everything we do. We deal specifically with the three key areas.

Speaking and Listening
We promote the development of spoken English and listening skills across the curriculum. Great emphasis is placed on this at Key Stage 1 with the skills being given continued encouragement throughout Key Stage 2. Good listening skills are essential for learning and need to be taught from an early age. We provide regular and varied opportunities for this to happen, instilling the belief that careful listening to others is of great importance throughout life.

Reading
We adopt an individual approach to the teaching of reading, based on our assessment of each child’s needs. We have a structured approach to reading in the early years guiding and encouraging children to choose appropriate books from within a carefully selected range of books made available to them. We have a library with a good selection of fiction and non-fiction books. Each classroom will also contain a range of books designed to suit the children in the class and the topics being researched. We teach children a variety of strategies for tackling reading and gaining greater independence. Reading is promoted as an essential skill and as fun! Reading is an area where strong home-school links are essential. We welcome your help in encouraging your child to read a little at home every day. We adopt an individual approach to the teaching of reading, based on our assessment of each child’s needs. We have a structured approach to reading in the early years guiding and encouraging children to choose appropriate books from within a carefully selected range of books made available to them. We have a library with a good selection of fiction and non-fiction books. Each classroom will also contain a range of books designed to suit the children in the class and the topics being researched. We teach children a variety of strategies for tackling reading and gaining greater independence. Reading is promoted as an essential skill and as fun! Reading is an area where strong home-school links are essential. We welcome your help in encouraging your child to read a little at home every day.

Writing
Writing takes a variety of forms and includes creative strong writing, poetry, factual accounts and experimental writing. We teach the skills of grammar, handwriting, spelling and punctuation within the context of meaningful writing for various purposes, as well as specific class ‘skills sessions’. Computers are used for word-processing and desktop publishing.

Milton Abbot Primary School
Milton Abbot Primary School, Milton Abbot, Tavistock, Devon PL19 0PS   Tel: 01822 870273   Headteacher: Mr Chris Luxford
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