Our English lessons develop pupils' spoken language, reading, writing and grammar and vocabulary. English is taught as two discreet subjects in years 1-6; reading and writing. We teach our pupils to speak clearly and use standard English, to convey their ideas fluently and confidently and to ask questions; the use of cooperative learning structures supports this. We have a huge emphasis on vocabulary in all subjects and children are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely.
We use Read, Write, Inc for our daily phonics programme. We develop writing skills so that our pupils have the stamina and ability to write at the age expected standard. To support children in moving towards independent writing we provide a wide range of activities including the use of film and imagery, modelled, shared and guided writing, peer editing and discussion. We use the 'Writing Revolution' and 'Mrs. Wordsmith' to encourage pupils to express their ideas succinctly, exchange ideas and to develop more sophisticated vocabulary. We provide opportunities for writing for purpose and we
encourage pupils to see themselves as authors. We promote the status of written work by providing opportunities for children’s writing to be published and read by real audiences on Twitter. Handwriting sessions are incorporated into English lessons. A range of extra activities are used to promote literacy within the school including an annual Poetry week, World Book Day and author visits.
Please refer to our English Policy.
Curriculum Map for Writing
Knowledge and Skills Progression for English