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ENGLISH CURRICULUM INTENT

  • We aim to help children develop a love for the English language through spoken and written word.
  • We strive for children to value the knowledge of English as a lifelong skill.
  • We recognise that English is a core subject within the National Curriculum and a pre-requisite for educational and social progress.
  • Mastery over language empowers children to communicate creatively and imaginatively, as well as allowing them to engage with the world at large.
  • We view the acquisition of language skills to be of the utmost importance and so the teaching of all aspects of English is given a high priority.
  • We recognise the importance of language in the social, emotional and intellectual development of children.
  • We aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of spoken language, reading and writing striving for accelerated personal progress for all.
  • Pupils will be given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of English within a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • Opportunities are given to consolidate and practise ‘taught’ English knowledge in cross curricular activities.
  • We aim for children to explore a wide range of genres both in the written and verbal form and magpie from these to create meaningful, purposeful work of their own.
  • The aim is for past knowledge to be revisited and consolidated to maximise progress for all.
  • The aim is for children to know more and remember more.

ENGLISH CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION

As a school we follow the objectives within the National Curriculum Framework aiming for an in-depth understanding with regards to both skills and knowledge.

To develop our pupils spoken languages:

  • Give them opportunities to express their ideas to a range of audiences.
  • Give them opportunities to take part in group discussion and drama activities.
  • Encourage them to listen and respond appropriately to others.
  • Help them to understand the need to adapt their speech to different situations.
  • Give them opportunities to evaluate and reflect on their own speech.
  • Encourage them to use the vocabulary and grammar of Standard English whenever appropriate.

To develop our pupils as readers we:

  • Teach them to read accurately and fluently.
  • To provide children with a firm foundation in phonics – through access to a systematic synthetic approach to allow all children to grow the phonics code (Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised).
  • To provide all children with books that directly reflect their phonics ability mirroring teaching in class (Big Cat).
  • Help them to understand and respond to what they read using inference and deduction where appropriate.
  • To expose all children to a wide variety of progressive quality texts.
  • To ensure reading is a focus across the wider curriculum.
  • Encourage them to read a wide range of genres.
  • Encourage them to read independently and with enjoyment.
  • Use VIPERS to teach reading skills.

To develop our pupils as writers we:

  • Teach them to write effectively for a range of purposes and reasons, adapting their vocabulary and style as appropriate.
  • Teach key vocabulary explicitly ensuring word meaning is understood.
  • Encourage them to write with interest, commitment and enjoyment – providing memorable experience days to raise levels of engagement and help children know more and remember.
  • Show them how to write in a variety of forms such as stories, poems, reports and letters.
  • Show them how to evaluate and edit to improve their own writing.
  • Give individual writing targets and personalised feedback after final writing of extended pieces.
  • Show them how to use punctuation to make meaning clear to their reader.
  • Give them the knowledge and the strategies to become confident and accurate spellers.
  • Teach them a fluent, cursive and legible style of handwriting, promoting an understanding of how to present work appropriately.
  • Teachers monitor progression through effective questioning and on-going formative assessment of lesson outcomes.

ENGLISH CURRICULUM IMPACT

  • Children are effective, competent communicators and good listeners.
  • Children can express opinions, articulate feelings and formulate responses to a range of texts across genres using appropriate technical vocabulary.
  • Children can present their writing neatly using a cursive, joined style.
  • Children foster an interest in words and their meanings, and develop a growing vocabulary in both spoken and written form.
  • Children enjoy and engage with and understand a range of text types and genres.
  • Children enjoy writing and reading and have a recognition of its value beyond the school setting
  • Ultimately children know more and remember more.
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