Our English curriculum follows the guidelines laid down in the New National curriculum. We aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word and to develop a love of literature through reading for enjoyment.
Children are taught to write fluently so they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others. Children develop their understanding of a range of genres and styles including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays. Grammar, spelling, punctuation and handwriting are taught rigorously across the school, beginning with teaching synthetic phonics and fine motor skills to develop mark making in the Foundation Stage, to enable children to have the skills and confidence to write effectively for a variety of purposes. Children are regularly given the opportunity to practise their writing during the weekly Big Write session. Up levelling the Big Write ensures that children know how to develop their writing further.
Across the school children have access to a wide range of high quality texts to develop learning in all curriculum areas. Reading good quality fiction to the children is a priority in all year groups. The teaching of reading begins in the Foundation Stage with the systematic teaching of phonic skills using the DfE’s ‘Letters and Sounds’. When they are ready, the children move on to reading using a wide range of reading schemes such as Oxford Reading Tree. Parents support their children’s reading daily at home. Once our children have grasped the mechanics of reading our priority shifts towards reading comprehension and children take part in regular guided reading sessions. Reading for pleasure is a high priority – our library has recently been refurbished and every classroom has its own reading area from which children are encouraged to borrow books to take home. Each class has story time at the end of the day where children are read to by the Class Teacher.
Speaking and Listening
Children develop both the confidence and skills in speaking and listening through planned learning opportunities across the curriculum including drama, group discussions, poetry and role play. Every pupil participates in class assemblies and many year groups put on an annual production where they experience speaking to a large audience. Pupils learn and develop their ideas, vocabulary and higher level grammatical structures needed to improve their writing almost entirely through talk.