COVID 19 Statement English

Addressing gaps and misconception following school closure

Following the recent school closures during the COVID 19 epidemic, many children at Powick have been affected by a full or partial break in learning. Early assessment in the Autumn term highlights the gaps in learning in the key areas of reading, writing and maths across all classes and pupil groups.

Powick is committed to ensuring the curriculum remains broad whilst maximising opportunities for the revision of basic skills in reading, writing and maths. It is vital that rapid progress is made by all pupils to return to their pre-lockdown levels of attainment.

This will be achieved by:

  • The quick identification of gaps in children’s learning through assessment
  • Rapid action to address gaps both in class, through pupil conferencing and interventions
  • Tailored tutoring for specific children with gaps in learning
  • High expectations of all learners with tasks aimed at age appropriate levels and scaffolded for those with gaps and misconceptions
  • The continued teaching of a broad and balanced curriculum following Powick School curriculum documents with extended opportunities to apply reading, writing and maths skills

Instant access to high quality home learning in the event of full or partial closures

In the event of full or partial school closures due to the coronavirus outbreak Powick CE Primary School recognises the need to continually deliver high quality education to minimise the disruption to pupils’ education.

This will include:

  • A daily English lesson which will cover a sequence of learning from the appropriate year groups curriculum including frequent extended writing opportunities
  • Word Aware daily vocabulary building
  • Daily Reading which can be accessed online using Rising Stars Reading Planet and Myon Online Reading Book Scheme
  • Continued access for KS2 to Accelerated Reader quizzes and online levelled book guides
  • Learning opportunities to revise year group specific spelling patterns and words

English work will be submitted to the class teacher through Google Classroom and teachers will give feedback.

Where a child does not have access to appropriate devices to access online home learning, paper work packs will be provided.

The English National Curriculum (2014) states:


‘The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote 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.’


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.

At Powick Phonics is taught through the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised Scheme.


Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme developed for schools. It is based on the original Letters and Sounds but extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme meeting all the expectations of the National Curriculum.


Consistency is key to the teaching of phonics and the same resources, routines and teaching sequence are applied to all stages of phonics learning. All children have progressive daily phonics sessions, gaps in learning are identified quickly and catch up sessions put in place to support all children to continue to progress in their phonics learning.

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  • Powick CofE Primary School
  • 42 Malvern Road, Powick, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR2 4RT