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English

English Curriculum

Warstones Primary School have been fully engaged with the new English curriculum since September 2014, and we’ve been very happy with the way in which the children have embraced the new approach to writing, reading and spelling.

Context

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.

Aims

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 arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

The programmes of study for English are set out year-by-year for key stage 1 and two-yearly for key stage 2. The single year blocks at key stage 1 reflect the rapid pace of development in word reading during these two years.

We aim to support children by equipping them with a range of key skills. This is effected using the Age and Stage Bands for Early Year’s Outcomes for communication, language and literacy in Foundation Stage, and the New English Programmes of Study (statutory from September 2014) to guide planning, teaching and assessment in Key Stages1 and 2.

 

 

Implementation

 

Our English curriculum is delivered using the new Early Years Learning goals and the new English Programmes of Study as a tool to ensure appropriate pace, progression and coverage of the subject. This coverage is reviewed continually by class teachers and planning is adjusted accordingly to ensure appropriate coverage of all strands in English.

 

All children in school are taught according to their level of attainment in morning English lessons.  Children who require phonics teaching are taught using the RWI (Read, Write Inc) scheme.  Once children are confident and demonstrate a good understanding of phonics they are taught in English groups following the National Curriculum.  All support staff may be involved in delivery of English activities.

 

National Curriculum

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum feeds into the new National

Curriculum and the revised Primary Framework for English. This sets out the age-related expectations for all children.

It is good practice to make use of cross curricular links to enable children to use their learning in a real life context. Therefore pupils should be given plenty of opportunities within sessions to use and apply the skills and concepts they have learned. 

 

In EYFS, children are given opportunities to:

  • Speak, listen and represent ideas in their activities
  • Use communication, language and literacy in every part of the curriculum
  • Become immersed in an environment rich in print and possibilities for communication

 

At Key Stage One children learn to:

  • Develop confidence when speaking and listening
  • Read and write with increased independence and enthusiasm
  • Use language to explore experiences and imagination

 

At Key Stage Two children learn to:

  • Change the way they speak and write to suit different situations, purposes and audiences
  • Read a wide range of texts and respond to the different layers of meaning within them
  • Explore the structure and use of language