The English National Curriculum (2014) states:
‘The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of 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.’
The National Curriculum aims 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
Our English Curriculum has been carefully planned to ensure progress for each year group. Powick staff have worked collaboratively to develop a Literacy spine which meets the aims of the National Curriculum and which also addresses the needs of the children in our school.
In all of our classes we place a high emphasis on the accurate application of basic skills alongside promoting high standards in all of our children’s reading, writing and speaking and listening opportunities. We understand how the development of excellent reading, writing and speaking and listening skills enable our children to fully access our broad and balanced wider curriculum and how this will also impact on their future learning through secondary education and beyond.
We begin the topics in our wider curriculum with high quality and inspiring texts. These allow our children to explore the context of their topic but, most importantly, provide our children with rich vocabulary and excellent models of effective writing.
As a staff team we have developed approaches to the reading and writing which detail how each is taught throughout the school.
Phonics teaching has also been carefully mapped to ensure there are clear aims for the children's learning at each stage. Children are tested in phonics in the national Phonics Screening Test in Year 1.
Gaps in phonics learning at any stage are quickly identified and addressed. Those children in Year 2 who have not passed the phonics screening check in Year 1 will be offered interventions and phonics sessions to help them to become confident with phonics.
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