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English

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go – Dr. Seuss

English is important in everyday life and impacts directly on how children access other parts of the school curriculum. It enables children to develop socially and ensures they can communicate effectively. With this in mind, we endeavour to foster a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards the interlinking components of English: writing, reading and speaking skills.

The National Curriculum for English aims 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 art of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

The National Curriculum sets out the statutory entitlement to learning for all pupils in each Key Stage.

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

Spoken Language

Reading:

  • Word Reading
  • Comprehension (both listening and reading)

Writing:

  • Transcription (spelling and handwriting)
  • Composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
  • Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation (integrated within the teaching of Spoken Language, Reading and Writing)

Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)

Spoken Language

Reading:

  • Word Reading
  • Comprehension (both listening and reading)

Writing:

  • Transcription (spelling and handwriting)
  • Composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
  • Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation (integrated within the teaching of Spoken Language, Reading and Writing)

Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6)

Spoken Language

Reading:

  • Word Reading
  • Comprehension (both listening and reading)

Writing:

  • Transcription (spelling and handwriting)
  • Composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing).
  • Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation (integrated within the teaching of Spoken Language, Reading and Writing)

Reading

Reading is taught initially using Read, Write, Inc.; this is a very structured synthetic phonics programme. Read, Write, Inc. is introduced in Reception class. Phonic skills are then consolidated through Key Stage 1 and into Key stage 2 as the need arises. 

All children at our school are encouraged to read for pleasure and have access to a library where they can borrow books each week. World Book Day is celebrated each year at school. The school also arranges visits with local authors to enrich the curriculum.