English Statement of Intent
1. Curriculum Statement
In line with our vision of children becoming their best versions, we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and a habit of reading widely and often. We recognise the importance of cultivating a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We want to inspire children to be confident in the arts of speaking and listening and able to use discussion to develop their learning.
We believe that a thorough grasp of literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.
These aims are embedded across our English lessons and the wider curriculum. We have a rigorous and well organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. We use Read Write Inc to deliver a systematic synthetic phonics program, which is used to teach children to read accurately and fluently. Children learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.
At EYFS and KS1 the children undertake a daily phonics session, they read associated phonically decodable books until such times as they are fluent readers and they write every day, rehearsing out loud what they want to say, before spelling the words using the graphemes and ‘tricky’ words they know. They practise handwriting every day: sitting at a table comfortably, they learn correct letter formation and how to join letters speedily and legibly. Children’s composition (ideas, vocabulary and grammar) is developed by drawing on their own experiences and talking about the stories they read. Children also enjoy being read a variety of complex and rich texts that encompass a variety of genres that promotes their enjoyment and love of reading.
At KS2 weekly lessons include; a grammar teach and spelling rule, a hook lesson designed to promote speaking and listening skills and providing thought provoking and rich prompts for writing, a daily, short grammar or spelling warm-up, whole class reading and independent comprehension activities, short modelled and shared writing, followed by an independent, extended writing opportunity where children are given time to write at length preceded by a short time for planning. Children are also given time to respond to marking and feedback on the extended writing piece.
We use the Power of Reading and a wide variety of quality texts and resources to motivate and inspire our children. We also provide a wealth of enrichment opportunities, including visits, visitors, artefacts and texts to support children’s enjoyment and learning in English.
The impact is that we implement our aim to teach every child to read and write – and keep them reading. We have a community of enthusiastic readers and writers who love reading and enjoy showcasing their developing literacy skills. They are confident to take risks in their reading and writing, and love to discuss and share their ideas. Our attainment at the end of EYFS, KS1 and KS2 is above those of Barnsley and the national average.