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English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.
We aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
In English we aim to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations,
- demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
Our curriculum progression document for English is available here (COMING SOON)
Reading consists of two dimensions:
– word reading
Our teaching focuses on developing pupils’ competence in both dimensions; through the daily discrete teaching of phonics; daily guided reading and through developing a love of reading, books and stories.
Phonics is taught daily in Early Years and Key Stage One. It is sometimes re-visited in lower Key Stage Two, however the focus in the juniors is more on developing spelling patterns and rules.
We use the Little Wandle programme to support with the teaching of phonics.
The development of children’s writing consists of:
– transcription (spelling and handwriting)
– composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
We support pupils to develop competency in both areas to become confident, fluent writers.
Information on the specific spelling, punctuation and grammar progression can be found in appendix 1 and 2 of the National Curriculum for English.