OUR AIMS FOR ENGLISH
As a school, we aim to provide our pupils with the tools to understand and communicate: so
they can participate fully in our society. We wish to imbue our pupils with the ability to speak and write fluently, to share ideas and emotions with others. We believe that no child should be left disenfranchised by a lack of speaking, reading or writing skills. Our route to achieving this is creative and engaging, offering children many opportunities to tell their own stories in traditional written format as well as exploring modern technology such as creating video documentaries or animations.
THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Main Overarching Aims of the National Curriculum for English:
- To be able to speak clearly and express ideas confidently. Pupils should be able to justify their ideas with reasons, ask questions to clarify understanding, negotiate, evaluate and select the correct register for effective communication.
- To develop pupils’ reading and writing in all subjects to support their increasingly independent acquisition of knowledge. Pupils should be able to read fluently, understand extended prose and enjoy reading for pleasure. Children should develop stamina and skills to write at length with accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar. Pupils should become familiar with a range of genre including narratives, explanations, descriptions, summaries, factual and fiction.
- Pupils’ acquisition and command of vocabulary are key to their learning and progress across the whole curriculum. Active methods of acquisition should be used to expand vocabulary and comprehension.
English across the Key Stages
Reading and Writing are taught using the RWI phonics programme, more information can be found on the specific curriculum page or alternatively follow the link below.
KS1 and KS2
In KS1 and KS2 we use the following schemes to develop particular skills to ensure our children become fluent and expressive communicators.
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Speaking & Oracy
Our aim for our pupils is that they develop the ability to both express themselves and readily understand spoken language. Children participate in a variety of ways, not only reading aloud but also performing in assemblies, presentations and role-plays, debating ideas, asking and answering questions about themselves and their experiences in order to develop confidence to communicate clearly and concisely.
Speaking and oracy are important components of our writing skills programme, Talk for Writing. The scheme aims to build children’s skills in the way they would naturally learn. It enables children to imitate the language being studied orally before reading and innovating and then independently writing their own version.
Writing genre are taught over three weeks, beginning with an independent cold-write task to establish the writing skills the pupil has. Over the weeks, teaching inputs new skills which are then demonstrated in a hot-write task. We encourage pupils to reflect and discuss their strengths and areas of improvements they can make to their final “published” work.
To find out more: https://www.talk4writing.com
Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation
Accuracy in spelling, grammar and punctuation are taught as essential requirements for fluency in communication and expression. We send spelling lists home weekly for students to learn, these are then tested regularly. As part of the fortnightly English home learning, children may receive consolidation activities to reinforce grammar and punctuation.
Creating easily legible writing is key for our pupils. We follow the Letter-join scheme across the school so that children can quickly develop consistently neat presentation. By Year 4, children are expected to be ready to write cursively. When children are able to do so neatly we award them their pen license and a pen to complete their work with.
We ask pupils to work to the best of their ability, to produce work which in their eyes is beautiful because it contains; carefully considered writing, expressive and engaging vocabulary and neat presentation. All children will work to their own abilities but by asking them to make their compositions their best work possible, we aim to instil pride and confidence in themselves and their work.
Details of the teaching in each year group can be found on their class pages. For further information about the National Curriculum and the programme of study for each year please CLICK HERE.