Our English curriculum develops children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and develop a habit of reading widely and often. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and are able to adapt their language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. We want pupils to acquire a wide vocabulary, a solid understanding of grammar and be able to spell new words by effectively applying their knowledge of spelling rules and patterns. We believe that all good writers refine and edit their writing over time, so we want children to develop independence in being able to identify their own areas for improvement. We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and who can use discussion to communicate and further their learning.
We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in English, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.
Through high quality teaching, we develop the following essential characteristics of readers and writers:
English is a core subject which is taught daily but it is integrated into other areas of the curriculum.
Systematic Synthetic Phonics
We deliver our teaching of phonics through the use of Read Write Inc. Children learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters. The children also practise reading (and spelling) what we call ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’. The children practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know.
Children’s reading is assessed by class teachers following Read Write Inc., and children are allocated a coloured book band book. The coloured book band book matches the child’s reading ability and allows them to comprehend the text. In addition, children can select a reading for pleasure book that they can share with an adult at home.
Children learn a range of reading skills during English and Guided Reading lessons. Teachers use VIPERS by the Literacy Shed (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval, Summarise/Sequence) as a tool to teach children the key skills for reading.
Our English curriculum provides details of key texts that children will be introduced to throughout the year. The texts have been carefully chosen and show progression. Class texts are also identified and these are read to the children on a regular basis.
We deliver our teaching of writing through Jane Considine’s scheme, The Write Stuff. High-quality texts from this scheme are selected to complement the Egerton CE Primary Curriculum so that children engage in meaningful discussions, learn key vocabulary, understand grammar and punctuation skills, and inspire independent writing. The key aspects of The Write Stuff include:
Our English Curriculum provides details of spellings that children are taught each term. Children apply their phonetics knowledge to learn new words and highlight sounds within the word that are more ‘tricky’. In addition, Sir Linkalot is used to aid spelling by teaching children a range of techniques, allowing them to learn about word origins and to identify spelling rules.
The school supports and takes part in a range of additional events to promote and champion reading and writing, including World Book Day and National Poetry Day.