The teaching of the English language and literacy is, for the most part, incorporated into the PYP Units of Inquiry at BCS Primary School. This is to ensure that the acquisition of literacy skills is authentic, meaningful, interesting and relevant. Only occasionally are special skills (such as grammar and phonics) taught in “stand-alone” lessons.
In first grade children are taught to read and write in English first. The German and English teachers work together to decide when the children are ready to start learning literacy skills in German.
Learning Programmes and Resources
At BCS Primary School teachers use a variety of resources to support the teaching of English literacy. A focus group of teachers meet regularly to discuss and review those resources, and any new programmes that might be of interest. Here are some examples:
Ruth Miskin is one of the UK’s leading authorities on teaching children to read. Her literacy programmes have a strong focus upon phonics. A solid knowledge of the English phonic system is important for the development of both reading and spelling skills.
The Oxford Reading Tree is a comprehensive reading programme which provides everything students need to become fluent, confident and motivated readers for life. Children can progress through the levelled reading books at a pace which is right for them.