Overview & Introduction
Reading and writing are key life-skills, required throughout both education and employment and also crucial on a personal level too. We therefore place huge importance on teaching children to read with confidence and on enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. Our curriculum aims to teach children to write with fluency for a variety of purposes and to vary their vocabulary and grammar appropriately to suit the task or circumstances.
We aim to create a nurturing environment where children take pride in their reading and writing, from a very young age. In Key Stage 1 during daily phonics lessons, our focus in reading is on the decoding of words and developing fluency when reading age related texts. At Key stage 2, we have daily whole class guided reading sessions which look at a wide range of high quality texts as we know children must be exposed to high quality reading material throughout their school journey.
Across all year groups, in our daily English lessons, we focus on writing two genres each half term so children are able to fully understand each genre as both readers and writers. Our English curriculum is well-sequenced and progressive across each term, and across each year group, to ensure that learning builds carefully upon what has been taught before.
We have the highest of expectations for our children. The children are regularly assessed using formative methods so that teachers are able to identify any gaps in learning immediately and provide the required support for children to progress.
We believe strongly in recognising celebrating children’s achievements in English – this happens on a daily basis in every classroom, and also at a whole school level via our termly Writing Awards, our ongoing Eager Readers scheme, and our half-termly Handwriting Heroes assemblies.
Intent, Implementation, Impact
Our Policies for English
Long Term Planning
Our English Long Term overview plan for years 1-6 is here.
Detailed Long Term Planning for years 1-6 is here. This is a work in progress & will be tweaked in Autumn 2021.
Medium Term Planning
English in Action!
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