Intent of our English Curriculum
Our English lessons develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, and writing. We teach our pupils to speak clearly, to convey their ideas fluently and confidently and to ask questions to deepen their understanding. A range of collaborative structures are used throughout the school to be able to do this successfully. Their vocabulary is developed systematically.
Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely. Comprehension skills are taught explicitly and applied to be able to to access the wider curriculum. We use Jolly Phonics to support the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. Phonic awareness helps the development of reading by segmenting and blending sounds. The children will be heard reading individually and in groups. Years1 to 6 have a BIG READ lesson when a specific reading objective is taught, modelled and applied throughout the week.
We develop writing skills so that pupils have the stamina and ability to write at the age expected standard. To support children moving towards independent writing we provide a wide range of activities. This includes the use of educational trips, The Immersive Room, film, imagery, high quality texts, modelled, shared and guided writing, peer editing and discussion. We provide opportunities for writing for purpose and we encourage pupils to see themselves as authors. We encourage pupil’s work to be published and read by different audiences. We have high expectations of handwriting, which is taught discretely and incorporated in to English lessons.
A range of activities are used to promote literacy within the school including World Book Day, Roald Dahl Day, Reading Extravaganzas and author visits.