We believe that every child has the right to receive a high quality education in English. We ensure that our curriculum is broad, balanced and interesting so that the children enjoy developing their knowledge, skills and understanding as a reader, writer, speaker and listener. We are passionate about teaching pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and ensure that, through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. We provide many opportunities for the children to practise their literacy skills.
Each child is heard individually by the teacher, volunteers and during guided reading (KS1) or whole class reading sessions (KS2). We have a levelled reading scheme in place and every child has an individual reading book. The children progress through the scheme until they become “free readers” – they then choose books from their class book corner, or from the library. A reading record supports home/school dialogue and parents are encouraged to hear their children read every night.
The children are taught a series of structured English lessons. This involves whole class teaching, group, guided and independent work. The children learn to read and write different fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts. At other times in the day the children listen to stories and are heard read. Every class is exposed to the recommended Pie Corbett reading spine books for their age group throughout the academic year, which provide the children with a wealth of meaningful, poignant, diverse and contemporary reading material.
In writing, the children are taught to become confident writers and to write for a range of different purposes and audiences. They write regularly and receive feedback and targets to help them improve.
Across the curriculum, children are given opportunities to speak, offer their opinion, participate in drama activities and give presentations. The children are always encouraged to use active listening skills when others are speaking.
The school has a rigorous and structured programme in place for teaching phonics, spelling and handwriting.
To find out more about the English content for each year group, please visit each class page.
For a list of the English apps we use at school please click below.