English Team: Mrs Haveliwala, Miss White & Mrs Bicknell
We believe that writing is an essential skill to enable our children to develop into articulate and imaginative communicators. Alongside reading, it is an essential life skill needed to become life-long learners. We aim to ensure all of our children develop a genuine love of language and the written word, through a text-based approach in our English curriculum. Links are made across the curriculum to enable children to apply their writing skills and ensure learning is relevant and meaningful.
Speaking and Listening
Pupils’ spoken language underpins their development of reading and writing. Through our engaging curriculum and stimulating range of genres, we provide experiences for children to hear a variety of high quality spoken language and give opportunities for children to use and embed new vocabulary across the curriculum. We intend our children to have the confidence to speak clearly and coherently for a range of purposes and audiences.
The English teaching sequence is delivered through a whole text approach, using quality texts. After engaging the children in the initial reading sessions, we move on to developing the children’s writing. This process involves choosing text types that are linked to the themes or content of the book. Pupils learn writing skills through analysing the author’s craft, imitating the teacher’s modelled writing and then developing the confidence and understanding to innovate and invent their own writing. They are supported in planning, editing and improving their writing with differentiated Steps to Success, appropriate scaffolds, feedback in marking and pupil/teacher discussion.