English

In our English curriculum you will see our value of Community.

Our school prioritises English in our curriculum, as we believe firm foundations in literacy will equip our children with the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society. We believe parents and carers in our community play a vital role in supporting their child’s learning, so constantly seek ways to help provide them with the tools to do so, such as through parent workshops and open mornings. 

 

In our English curriculum you will see our value of Love.

We want our children to develop a lifelong passion for reading, writing and communicating by equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need to be literate through motivating and memorable learning experiences. Through a ‘Talk for Writing’ pedagogy, all of our children are able to experience the joy and awe of being storytellers and story inventors. Love is observed in the way adults and children in our school celebrate each other’s personal successes and support each other to make continued progress.

 

In our English curriculum you will see our value of Perseverance.

Our children are supported and encouraged to see learning as a journey we’re on together, whereby mistakes are an opportunity to learn something new. We intend to appropriately scaffold learning to support and challenge each learner. Our developmental marking policy promotes independence, resilience and ownership of personal targets as these are traits we want our children to internalise.

 

In our English curriculum you will see that we value Inclusion.

We aspire for all of our children to become confident and age appropriately literate in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, so that these fundamental skills can underpin and enrich learning and experiences across the curriculum and in their wider lives. We strive for children of all abilities and backgrounds to become independent learners who are able to feel the satisfaction of personal success in English. Disadvantaged and SEND pupils are made a high priority for additional support, which promotes academic beyond that which might otherwise be expected.  

 

In our English curriculum you will see – our school curriculum prioritises reading, basic skills of oral language, literacy, numeracy, and personal, social and health.

Our ethos is ‘the same but more’ for those children who need it so that no child is left behind. In line with ‘Little Wandle’ guidance, catch up support is implemented promptly and is carried out by skilled members of staff. We intend to creative positive reading encounters for our children so they are able to experience escaping in a quality book and the associated advantages to their mental well-being. 

 

In our English curriculum you will see children learning through exciting, engaging learning experiences.

Teachers carefully consider ‘hooks’ for their lessons and seek opportunities for children to write for real audiences and a range of purposes, leading to quality writing written in a range of adapted styles. Children are able to extend and enhance their learning through our stimulating continuous provision, for example, multisensory letter formation practice, using story trays, pop-up theatres and role-play areas.

 

In our English curriculum you will see how we increase our children’s Cultural Capital.

This is done partially through planned trips and visits, for example theatre and library visits and by celebrating World Book Day. We ensure our children are exposed to a range of quality texts so they develop an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage. However, we believe the most pertinent way in which we can improve Cultural Capital is by ensuring all our learners leave us with a secure basis in reading so they can discover for themselves the world around them and continue to broaden their vocabulary.

 

In our English curriculum you will see how we develop our children’s language, including subject specific and technical vocabulary.

Enriching children’s vocabulary and language skills is a primary goal of ours so our pupils become effective communicators who can articulate their thoughts and feelings efficaciously thus promoting positive emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual well-being.