'English is the language of the future, the most important tool you’ll ever need, no matter what career you choose. You have the right to English. Make it your right!' Benjamin Zephaniah
Intent of our English Curriculum
- to develop a passion a love of reading, writing and discussion
- to give children the language and tools to learn across all subjects, think creatively and expressive themselves through spoken and written word
- to develop children's skills, knowledge and understanding in comprehension, effective communication with audience and the 'authorship process',
Implementation of Our English Curriculum
- we use a spiral curriculum model from The Literary Curriculum for Guided Reading and Writing, to ensure key objectives are taught, assessed, embedded and built upon
- we provide children with meaningful opportunities within which to read, write and speak
- we use rich texts, to plan units of learning in a variety of genres for reading and writing
- Key Stage 2 children have 5 discrete Phonics and Spellings lessons, 5 writing lessons, 5 guided reading lesson and 1 library session per week. They also have a discrete handwriting lesson.
- Key Stage 1 children have 5 discrete Phonics and Spellings lessons, 5 writing lessons, a mix of guided and 1:1 reading and 1 library session a week. They also have a discrete handwriting lesson.
- EYFS children have 5 discrete Phonics and Spellings lessons, 1 library session a week and daily writing provision both indoors and out.
Small Steps for Writing
All writing starts with an awareness of intended audience’ and purpose. The small steps along the writing journey allow children to:
- investigate and analyse the structure of a genre of writing
- broaden their vocabulary
- use a variety of systems to plan their writing
- be supported as they start to build their writing
- revisit their written work to proofread for errors
- learn from peers and have the opportunity through discussion to edit and make changes to their writing
- share their writing in a variety of formats and audience
Impact of Our English Curriculum
To assess impact we use a blend of pupil conferencing, discussions with parents, professional dialogue and monitoring of assessed pieces of learning and outcomes in national tests.