English

Intention

Our Curriculum seeks to enable our pupils to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to become lifelong learners.  We strive to ensure that all our pupils receive informed experience when reading, writing, speaking and listening which will equip them with the fundamental tools to achieve throughout their learning journey and beyond.  Through immersing our pupils in the wonders of quality texts, we hope to instil a love for reading, a passion for discovery and a confidence to explore their imagination.

The acquisition of language skills is of the utmost importance and we plan to build confidence in basic language skills to enable our pupils to communicate creatively, imaginatively and effectively, preparing them for the future.  We therefore value the importance of English as an essential tool for life and want every pupil to achieve their full potential in all aspects – to become a reader, a writer and a confident speaker.

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Implementation

 

Our English curriculum is derived around a sequence of high quality texts to engage our pupils.  Each book is used to create opportunities to develop vocabulary acquisition, grammar and punctuation knowledge and understanding to use and apply across the wider curriculum; explore the writing structure and features of different genres; plan and write pieces of writing with a clear context and purpose, whilst evaluating the effectiveness of writing. 

We create opportunities to develop reading fluency and comprehension with a focus on key reading strategies and skills.  Read Write Inc. is used in addition to English lessons in Reception and Y1 to create fluent and confident readers and writers.  Read, Write Inc. for Spelling is used daily in Y2-Y6.

 

Impact

 

We use a range of materials and consider the age-related expectations for each year group to assess our pupils and ensure they are academically prepared for life beyond primary school.  Through sparking their imagination, we enthuse their curiosity, bring words to life to enhance and embed new vocabulary and enable them to consider, plan and edit their writing, with an awareness of the reader.

Our formative assessment is used to record pupils’ understanding of an objective and helps to plan for opportunities to learn more and remember more. We consistently review objectives from previous learning to ensure a clear progression in knowledge, skills and understanding. Leaders conduct book monitoring, learning walks and pupil voice to establish the impact.  Our curriculum content is reviewed at the end of each topic.

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