What is English?
What is the longest word in the English language? Smiles. There is a mile between the first and the last letter.
The English language is in everything we do. From when we ask ‘What’s your name?’ on our first day of school to when we write our very own story displayed on a shop’s book shelf. Learning how to speak is just the beginning of the long and winding journey of understanding all that the English language has to offer.
Why do we write?
Without writing there would be no reading. The two come hand in hand like fish and chips! The primary reason for writing anything is to communicate with others, to stimulate interest or action from the reader. You may also use writing to help you to reflect on your experiences and learn from them. Without written language, people would not be able to share their ideas to people they've never met. Many inventions that we take for granted will not have been invented. We will also not be able to record our history, and would end up repeatedly making the same mistakes. Fortunately, we do not ever have to imagine such a world! All the stories that have been told exist because people learned to write and communicate. What could you write that would change the world?
Why English is Hard
We'll begin with box; the plural is boxes;
But the plural of ox is oxen, not oxes,
One fowl is a goose, and two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose is never called meese.
You can find a lone mouse or a house full of mice;
But the plural of house is houses not hice.
The plural of man is always men.
But the plural of pan is never pen.
If I speak of a foot, and you show me two feet,
And I give you a book, would a pair be a beek?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn't two booths be called beeth?
If the singular's this and the plural is these,
Should the plural of kiss be ever called keese?
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
When the masculine pronouns are he, his, and him;
Just imagine the feminine....she, shis, and shim!
To write at age related expectation it is important that our pupils know the different skills that they need to show in their writing and are taught to use them confidently.
We ensure that we use the correct terminology when teaching skills and that we model them throughout our modelled writing.