English is a fundamental life skill and central to living and learning. Good English skills are a gateway for developing the experience and skills for cultural, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual development. Language skills are essential to participate fully as a member of society.
Through teaching and learning in English pupils develop their ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes. Each teacher actively promotes and supports the development of these core skills in a variety of meaningful contexts across all curricular areas. Pupils are enabled, to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of fiction and non-fiction from a variety of genres.
Our English curriculum is broad, balanced and meets the needs of all pupils, whatever their ability. We focus on the individual learning needs of every pupil so that each child can reach their full potential. We plan for each individual and ensure our teaching enables each pupil to achieve their very best.
All pupils develop their skills, knowledge and understanding, through carefully planned progression throughout their school career; by presenting increasing challenge as they progress.
Pupils use reading, writing and language skills with confidence across all subjects, in line with their personal development profiles.
The aims of the English curriculum are to provide all pupils with the opportunity to:
- develop an enjoyment of learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion.
- develop confidence and competence in speaking and listening, reading and writing.
- develop the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of forms.
- develop communication skills through speaking and listening in a range of contexts.
- develop the range of skills required in reading so that pupils read for meaning, understanding and enjoyment.
- develop their writing skills across the whole curriculum.
- be effective, competent communicators and good listeners.
- express opinions, articulate feelings and formulate responses to a range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, using appropriate technical vocabulary.
- foster an interest in words and their meanings, and develop a growing vocabulary in both spoken and written
- enjoy, engage with and understand a range of text types and genres.
- be able to write for different purposes and in different styles, showing awareness of
- develop imagination, creativity, inventiveness and critical awareness in all aspects of literacy.
- use grammar and punctuation accurately.
- understand spelling conventions;
- produce effective, well-presented written work.
Pupils’ learning is enriched by experiencing and understanding a variety of different genres of fiction and non-fiction; where appropriate pupils write for specific purposes linked to topic themes. Experience and understanding of a genre is achieved through reading, speaking and listening activities as well as through writing. By focusing on a wide variety of texts, we ensure that our pupils gain a breadth of writing experience. Teachers plan personalised provision using different text types to support pupil’s writing development.
English teaching is mapped in half-termly blocks to ensure variety and breadth of experience each key stage. In line with our whole school curriculum policy, this ensures that different types of text are revisited regularly to consolidate learning.
The focus of each key stage can be seen in the table below: