We believe that the development of the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening are fundamental to all learning, and that the ability to communicate effectively in speech and writing is a necessary skill for life.
English is taught both as a discrete subject and through cross-curricular topics. This helps children to appreciate the relevance of their literacy learning.
The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
The national curriculum for English aims for all pupils to: -
- 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.
Grammar encompasses the core word and sentence level elements of the KS2 curriculum. Children are taught grammar and spelling skills weekly and are expected to apply these across the wider curriculum. The application of grammar is a daily focus as part of their ongoing writing assessment.
In Year 6, children are expected to demonstrate the entirety of skills taught thus far; this is assessed in a stand-alone test during the May SATs.
Children are taught a wide range of skills that support the structure of their writing enabling them to take ownership over their work, choosing the most appropriate form in which to present their intent. The use of these skills will complement the broader curriculum enabling children to understand how their writing fits into other topics.
In our school, we see reading as an integral part of the school curriculum that impacts on all learning. We value the importance of being a confident reader and work hard to develop children’s reading skills. We want children to enjoy reading a wide range of different books and be able to talk about books and authors.
Learning to read is one of the most important things your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.
We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we work hard to make sure children develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.
All children are able to take books home to read with an adult, this shared learning will help children to practice their reading skills and develop a lifelong love of reading.
As well as teaching the skills necessary to become confident readers, we have our own library full of exciting books.