Our English curriculum ensures 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
Whole School English
The ability to read, write and to communicate well enables all other areas of the curriculum to become accessible. We aim to put English at the heart of our curriculum by using English skills to research other subjects, and by using other subjects as the purpose for English work.
English lessons are comprised of a balance of reading and writing, as well as speaking and listening and are taught every day. In Reception and Key Stage . A wide variety of carefully differentiated texts are used to support the children in their development in reading.
The children are encouraged to listen attentively, to speak clearly and to express themselves confidently through conversation, class discussion and drama. Our children love sharing their ideas, thoughts and feelings with their learning partners. Pupils are given opportunities to read from a wide range of material for enjoyment and to locate information. All children are encouraged to read daily in and out of school.
Pupils are taught to write for a variety of purposes and audiences, producing both fiction and non-fiction genres. They are given opportunities to explain, recount events and to express ideas, thoughts and feelings. We support children in their development of a legible, fluent style of handwriting.