The English curriculum is delivered using the National Curriculum 2014. This ensures continuity and progression from Years 1 to 6.
The four strands of Speaking and Listening: speaking, listening, group discussion and interaction, and drama permeate the whole curriculum. Interactive teaching strategies are used to engage all pupils in order to raise reading and writing standards. Talk for Writing strategies are used to develop and embed language structures for a variety of texts and genre studied.
The opportunities, organisation and provision for the teaching of reading:
Teachers focus on developing competence in both word reading and comprehension. It is important that the children enjoy reading and have opportunity to experience a range of texts and books from a variety of authors to become fluent and proficient readers. It is also vital that they develop an understanding of what they are reading. Across the whole school we use Guided Reading sessions to develop reading comprehension skills and nurture a love for reading. The children read books linked to their reading age. Within Guided Reading sessions comprehension activities occur where the children develop their skills, including inference and deduction.
Each classroom has an inviting book corner and chidlren visit the school library once a fortnight. We also have access to the Mobile Library. Children are encouraged to write their opinions and thoughts about their reading in their reading diary. They are also encouraged to recommend books to their peers. Daily DEAR time (Drop everything and read) allows children time to read for pleasure and read to an adult in school. Each class also share a class novel. This all helps to develop their love of reading.
Each child as a new reading diary every year. Within the diary there is a reading record which logs books they have read and comments about their reading. Parents and teaching staff write in this book. Children are encouraged to read at home on a daily basis.
We use Talk for Writing strategies for most writing units. Within this we use quality texts to support the language structures of the text-type being studied. These language structures are embedded by learning a text off by heart.
Each teaching sequence ends with an opportunity for independent writing within English lessons. There are also frequent opportunities for independent writing throughout other curriculum areas.
Within English lessons there is also a focus on structure, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and style. This adds to their personal writing toolkit.
The school has adopted the Letter Joins scheme for handwriting. The children have opportunities to practice their handwriting on a daily basis in their English books. When the children have a consistent, fluent and joined handwriting style they are encouraged to write in pen.
Children learn spellings using the spelling patterns from curriculum 2014. The children work on their spellings using a ‘Have a go’ practice sheet and are encourage to use new vocabulary in their independent writing. Spelling words are tested in the context of a sentence.