English is comprised of speaking and listening, reading and writing. It is taught daily. Our teaching of reading revolves around high quality, wider-curriculum-linked texts and it promotes the importance and a love of reading to all. Our pupils have a whole class reading lesson every day which is skill focused, inclusive and immersive. Reading is a prominent part of each day: daily reading lessons, independent reading and reading in the wider curriculum and story time. In Early Years and Key Stage One, children learn to decode through the Read, Write Inc phonics programme. Pupils are immersed in texts with the focus on rich vocabulary development, enhancing background knowledge and developing key reading strategies.
Our writing lessons are linked closely to reading, where pupils develop their writing using high quality texts. A well-chosen text provides rich language models and structures from which children can learn how writing works and the effect it can have on a reader. With a rich diet of quality texts and enriching experiences, children will be able to find their own reasons to write, and develop a style that fits the purpose, audience and form intended. We expect that:
- children can understand and apply the fundamental principles of spelling grammar and punctuation in their writing.
- children can evaluate, improve and redraft their writing.
- children are responsible, competent, confident and creative writers.
- children develop an author’s voice.
- children communicate clearly using accurate grammar, punctuation, handwriting and spelling.
- children will develop competence in transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing) at national expectation and at greater depth.
Teachers are provided with three additional planning days per year, in addition to their PPA, to plan their curriculum. Teachers need to plan the following:
- A medium-term literacy overview
- A short-term weekly plan that includes the vocabulary to be taught, along with the spelling focus. We follow the spelling programme from Purple Mash.
- Trips and visiting experts who will stimulate and focus creative writing experiences
All children will have Quality First Teaching. Any children with identified SEND or in receipt of Pupil Premium funding may have additional or different work to their peers, depending on their needs, in order to access the curriculum. As well as this, our school offers a demanding and varied curriculum which provides children with a range of opportunities to enable them to reach their full potential and consistently achieve highly from their starting points.
Our Writing curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum using the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
- Pupil voice interviews
- Termly Progress in Reading Assessment (PIRA) - this is a suite of termly standardised reading tests which enable school to track progress, predict future performance and benchmark against national averages
- Termly assessment of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GAPS)
- Termly teacher assessment of writing
- Pupil Moderation staff meetings where pupils books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their classes' work
- Moderation of children’s work at the end of each Key Stage
- Formal reporting of standards at the end of each Key Stage
- Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum to parents