The English curriculum is delivered using the National Curriculum 2014. This ensures continuity and progression from Years 3 to 6.
Speaking and Listening
The four strands of Speaking and Listening: speaking, listening, group discussion and interaction, and drama permeate the whole curriculum. Interactive teaching strategies are used to engage all pupils in order to raise reading and writing standards. Children are encouraged to develop effective communication skills in readiness for later life.
The opportunities, organisation and provision for the teaching of reading:
Reading to an adult
Guided reading which we call Book Talk
Teachers focus on developing competence in both word reading and comprehension. It is important that the children enjoy reading and have opportunity to experience a range of texts and books from a variety of authors to become fluent readers. It is also vital that they develop an understanding of what they are reading. Across the whole school we start our day with Book Talk-this is a 20 minute session where the children concentrate on reading
The children read books linked to their reading age. They also discuss various aspects of the books using prepared slides to focus their thinking and talking. Within lessons (approximately once a week) comprehension activities occur where the children develop their skills, including inference and deduction.We also deliver reading intervention across the school. We have purchased RWI which helps children that find reading more challenging.Books are regularly updated and each classroom has an inviting book corner. This helps to develop their love of reading.
Link to parents
Each child has a new reading diary every year. Within the diary there is a reading record which logs books they have read and comments about their reading. Parents and teaching staff write in this book. Children are encouraged to read at home on a daily basis.
Each teaching sequence ends with an opportunity for independent writing within English lessons. There are also frequent opportunities for independent writing throughout other curriculum areas. Four times a term the children do an extended piece of writing which is then used for assessment purposes.
Within English lessons there is also a focus on structure, grammar, punctuation, vocabularly and style. This adds to their personal writing toolkit. Alan Peat sentence types also help with this.
The school has adopted the Nelson scheme for handwriting. The children have opportunities to practice their handwriting on a weekly basis. When the children have a consistent, fluent and joined handwriting style they are encouraged to write in pen.
Children learn spellings using the spelling patterns from curriculum 2014. They are tested once a week. The children work on their spellings using a look, cover, write, check principle and are also required to use the spelling words in the context of a sentence.
Marking and Assessment
Work is marked and assessed in line with school policy. Targets are also provided for children to work on within their English work. These areas are being developed as the previous levelling system has been discontinued and age related expectations are to be used.
Year group overviews are included as downloads in the Curriculum menu under Year group headings.