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Purpose of Study

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.

In EYFS, the children learn to read and write through following the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. Children have daily sessions for phonics, literacy and reading. Play based opportunities are always available which help to develop children's communication, language and literacy skills. Phonics continues to be consolidated throughout Key Stage 1 and into Key Stage 2 where required. 

We teach English daily as a discreet subject from Year 1 to Year 6 following the National Curriculum. This incorporates speaking and listening, reading, writing, spelling, grammar and handwriting. Cross curricular links are planned to provide opportunities for developing English skills in topic work.  

Children begin their reading experiences using a range of books from Oxford Reading Tree. These start off with fully phonetically decode-able books 'Floppy Phonics' and 'Traditional Tales'. Then move onto other phonically-based books with a controlled number of words such as 'Songbirds', 'Explore', 'InFact' and 'Story Sparks'. Finally, moving onto richer reading with 'Biff, Chip and Kipper Stories'. Once children have reached the end of the letters and sounds phonic teaching the children move onto the Accelerated Reading Programme. This tracks children's reading and comprehension skills. Children choose books within their own reading band and complete reading quizzes to assess their understanding of the books they have read.

INTENT

It is our intention to deliver a high-quality English curriculum which promotes high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.   We aim to ensure 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.

IMPLEMENTATION

The English curriculum is implemented through whole class teaching and group / individual work and through planned interventions if children are not achieving age related expectations.  This is particularly true for those pupils who need further support with their decoding skills and therefore need to be taught through a rigorous and systematic phonics programme in order to catch up with their peers.  Within each year group, different timings are appropriate for different aspects of English and these are detailed in our subject mapping.

IMPACT

In order to measure the impact of the English curriculum at Whitechapel Church of England Primary School, teachers will regularly use formative assessment methods in line with the long-term curriculum.  Termly reading assessments take place through STAR Reading tests, regular phonic assessments take place in EYFS and Key Stage 1 and teachers assess children’s writing against year group expectations (in the front of each child’s English books) each half term / after a unit of work.  Children are also encouraged to self and peer assess their work (as appropriate for the age of the children).

Click here for curriulum mapping.

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