Through our English curriculum, our intent is to encourage children to become enthusiastic and engaged with English to develop a love of reading and to teach the children the importance of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in the real world. By giving children the context to learning, they will understand the value of English to them now and in their futures.
We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich literary heritage and a habit of reading widely and often. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately, and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. Our skills based English curriculum supports this by providing purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion; this is closely monitored by the English Lead to ensure a full and balanced coverage.
We provide our children with rich and varied learning opportunities to develop a positive attitude towards communication and for children to be able to express their emotions and their ideas confidently and articulately. We endeavour to make English interesting and exciting, engaging the children with the joy and wonder of books, providing a real purpose for writing and piquing their imagination and creativity.
We want all of our children to be capable readers, writers, spellers and speakers, who can transfer their English skills to other curriculum areas and who are prepared for the next phases in their education.
We use a variety of reading materials including The Oxford Reading Tree Scheme and Collins Big Cat Scheme for EYFS and KS1. In KS2, we use the Accelerated Reader system which challenges children to read and complete quizzes in order to achieve their reading targets. There are a huge variety of texts and authors included on the AR system ranging from Michael Morpurgo, David Walliams and Roald Dahl. The children are heard reading individually and in groups. The guided reading sessions cover both fiction and non-fiction books. Guided reading also develops the children’s comprehension skills. A range of ICT programmes are used to enhance learning, like AR and Phonics Play. Parents are given clear expectations about reading at home.
Writing is not a subject; it is part of reading, speaking and listening. Being a writer means being a reader, articulating stories and characters, listening to tales and learning from other writers. Through teaching exciting and engaging lessons you can help children to discover stories, create worlds, record events, mould characters and inspire each other as writers.
We develop writing skills so that our Reception pupils have the stamina and ability to write simple statements and sentences. To support children in moving towards independent writing we provide a wide range of activities including use of film and imagery, modelled, shared and guided writing, peer editing and discussion. We use talk for writing to encourage pupils to express their ideas, exchange ideas and to develop more sophisticated vocabulary. We provide opportunities for writing for purpose, and we encourage pupils to see themselves as authors. We promote the status of written work by providing opportunities for children’s writing to be published in class books and on the school website. A range of extra activities are used to promote literacy within the school including World Book Day.
Handwriting is taught as a discrete lesson but then is reinforced during all written activities. Children begin to use a cursive script in KS1 and by KS2 are awarded pen licences for continuously joined and neat handwriting.
Phonics and Spelling
In the EYFS and Key Stage 1, we ensure that our children receive high quality Phonics teaching every day. Phonic awareness helps the development of reading by segmenting and blending sounds. We use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ teaching tool and move on to a spelling and grammar focus in Year 2. This progressive approach ensures that our children are well-placed to read and spell words with fluency and confidence. Please see below for our presentation for parents on Phonics.
Spelling is taught using Spelling Shed. Children receive a weekly list of spellings to practise at home and also using online games through Spelling Shed.
National Curriculum English Programmes of Study: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-english-programmes-of-study