English Vision and Delivery
Our vision when teaching English is to capture the imaginations of our pupils with exciting and high quality texts and to inspire them to become confident writers. Wherever possible, texts are chosen with the theme of the termly topic in mind and we look for opportunities to write across the other curriculum subjects. We also use resources that stimulate the children’s interest such as, newspaper articles, short films from Literacy Shed and topics that are in the news.
In key stage 1 free writing and mark making is encouraged and nurtured when children first come to us and we support children through the early writing stage and develop their fine and gross motor skills through play. Cursive handwriting is taught from reception and phonics and SPAG are taught discreetly and built into the class teaching as well, to ensure the children can apply and rehearse what they have learnt when writing. In Phonics we follow the letters and sounds scheme which is supported by phonics play. Spelling and grammar are taught through a range of resources including Vocab Ninja, the BBC Natural curriculum and the No-nonsense spelling scheme. Teachers strive to draw links back to past teaching during class discussions and reading sessions, giving the children real life examples of the grammar and punctuation that they are being taught. We re-visit areas frequently and are aware of the need for practice and consolidation of skills.
In both key stages, when introducing a new text type, we are increasingly integrating Pie Corbett’s talk for writing style into our termly teaching. This starts with lots of talking, rehearsing and game playing, then we imitate and write what we have learned orally. After that we innovate, by changing some aspects of the story so the children can practice the writing style and develop their composition skills, and finally we write an independent piece once we have become adept at the skills needed to write each genre. This method involves collaborative working, shared writing and a chance for all pupils to improve, whatever their starting point. We are excited to develop this engaging and inclusive teaching style further in our classes.
A wide range of writing genres are covered, balancing between fiction and non-fiction every term. The children build on the skills they require year on year, and the mixed age classes allow children to consolidate their learning in areas where they are less confident and challenge themselves where they feel more able. We look to make writing purposeful wherever possible, creating non-fiction books for our library, the template for new school brochures and often writing the end of year play ourselves.
Reading is celebrated in our school and the children read every day in class. If we are not teaching from a text then the children are read to on a daily basis from a class book. We are constantly updating our fiction library and place a real emphasis on the children reviewing and recommending books to each other. We use Literacy shed comprehension plus and Vipers to improve the children’s comprehension skills at the same time as exposing them to a wide range of genres.
Progression in writing across all year groups is shown in the document below.
Progression in reading across all year groups is shown in the document below.