“Heaven and Earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.”
Reading is at the core of our English curriculum, as we believe that when our pupils become confident and inspired readers it gives them the opportunity to open the gateway to lifelong learning. We take into consideration that the reading ‘journey’ begins prior to the children starting school, yet once the children are in school each year group will develop the differentiated skills.
Our reading curriculum is based upon and designed from the National Curriculum guidelines, our termly Cornerstones topics based and through pupil’s choices and enjoyment. This is to ensure that full coverage is achieved and promotes both the confidence and improvement of language and English skills.
In every class, the pupils will share a rich variety of texts and genres throughout all subjects, and have continuous access to both class and school libraries. Within our reading lessons, the children will develop their de-coding skills, progressively understanding comprehension through retrieval of information and inferring/deduction skills.
Writing is a key skill that enables our children to communicate in a personnel and communitive manner. We aim to enthuse and inspire our children to become capable and enthusiastic writers, who will develop a genuine love of writing. Our topic approach enables children to write for a wide range of purposes and gives them the opportunity to develop their understanding of the different writing genres.
Within writing pupils are taught how to use the appropriate grammar, punctuation and spelling elements and are encouraged to reflect on how vocabulary and sentence structure choices can affect the reader. The writing journey starts by our children being immersed in quality-modelled texts, whereby they can identify and understand the varied features. This is then followed by using class and group discussions on how to plan for their own writing and what the outcome and purpose is of the written texts. Pupils are then submerged into the topic based writing activities, which enable them, them the This is then followed by editing and publish the final piece in a variety of mediums. We have consistently high expectations of handwriting and presentation and cursive script is taught from Year 3 onwards.
Speaking & Listening
Our pupils are given every opportunity to practise these skills through class discussion, group work and paired conversations. They are conducted in a safe and stimulating environment and the staff in our school model the use of higher-level vocabulary within their speech and expanding children’s vocabulary is a key focus from EYFS.
Pupils are encouraged and guided on how to value their own personnel views and that of others, reflect on how their views and opinions could be received and how to communicate effectively. Throughout the curriculum, specific vocabulary is promoted and embedded by adults who consistently model in context. Pupils are given the opportunity to understand new words, use them effectively in speaking and then transfer to recorded work.