English Curriculum Statement
English is a core curriculum subject taught daily throughout the school. It underpins all areas and subjects.
We aim that all children develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to read, write and communicate purposefully and effectively.
National Curriculum expectations are followed in year groups with a focus on the development of vocabulary. The skills of speaking and listening run through all areas of learning.
Teaching and learning of synthetic phonics is the main focus for Early Years and Year 1 children in particular. An emphasis on delivering phonics at a good pace is important to allow children to blend and read at an age appropriate level.
In EYFS and into KS1, all children follow the sequence of teaching from Letters and Sounds supplemented by Jolly Phonics using a variety of resources to enhance multi-sensory learning. Regular assessment of phonics allows for timely intervention to ensure all pupils are working at age related expectations.
Children access ‘book banded’ materials closely matched to their growing GPC (grapheme, phoneme, correspondence) knowledge. This allows for the application of knowledge to encourage fluency. In addition, children can select a personal interest book to share at home. Once children are fluent ‘decoders’ the emphasis is on quality book talk. All children are exposed to quality texts through the greater English curriculum.
In KS2 individual reading materials are matched to ability and interest and in UKS2 Accelerated Reader is used.
Writing is based on quality texts and the writing process is explicitly modelled from immersion to publishing. Wherever possible, grammar is embedded as part of this process. Purpose and audience are established to ensure children are aware of the effect on the reader.
Spelling and handwriting are taught through a progressive sequence with the focus on application across all areas of the curriculum. Proof reading time allows for children to adjust any personal errors.
Opportunities for spoken language are regularly planned for across the curriculum. These take the form of discussions, presentations, performances, role play and debates. All children learn to express their feelings whilst participating actively in collaborative conversations.