English Curriculum Statement
At Denfield Park Primary School, we believe that a quality Literacy (English) curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We value reading as a key life skill and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening, who can use discussion to communicate and further their learning.
Through our English Curriculum, we strive to teach the children how important their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills will be in the real world. Our curriculum follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.
These aims are embedded across our English lessons and the wider curriculum. Our English lessons develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary. We teach our pupils to speak clearly, to convey their ideas fluently and confidently and to ask questions: the use of Talk 4 Writing activities across the school support this. We know the value of excellent vocabulary and this is developed and practised across our curriculum constantly. We use Talk 4 Writing and PiXL to encourage pupils to express their ideas, share/ discuss ideas and develop more sophisticated vocabulary. Our pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely through our reading scheme and school library. We use Read Write.Inc for our phonics programme. Phonic awareness helps the development of reading by segmenting and blending sounds. Children will be heard read regularly in school, both individually and in small groups. Our PiXL and VIPERS reading sessions cover a variety of genres and help to advance the children’s comprehension skills. Parents are given reading guidance and clear expectations about reading at home.
We develop writing skills so that our children have the stamina and ability to write at the age expected standard. To support pupils in moving towards independent writing we provide a range of activities including the use of film, ICT, modelled, shared and guided writing – in addition to our Talk 4 Writing scheme of work. Handwriting lessons are incorporated within the curriculum and in Foundation Stage / Key Stage 1 we use the Kinetic writing programme.
We are constantly striving to promote English skills within our school community. Here are some examples: World Book Day, FS/KS1 Star Author Day, authors/ poet visits, reading holiday competitions / quizzes, reading incentives, No Pen Days, Facebook parent tips to support reading, book club and book fairs.
Our curriculum closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English 2014.
The national curriculum for English 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.
We strive to ensure that our children's attainment is in line or exceeds their potential when we consider the varied starting points of all our children. We measure this using a range of materials, whilst always considering the expectations for each year group. Children will make at least good progress in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening from their last point of statutory assessment or from their starting point in Nursery. We intend the impact of our English curriculum will ensure our pupils are academically prepared for life beyond primary school and throughout their educational journey. We believe that our promotion of books and reading skills, will enable pupils to foster a love for reading and an interest in reading for pleasure. We also strive to ensure that pupils have the skills to produce written work in all areas of the curriculum of a similar standard which evidence good progress from their last point of statutory assessment point or their starting point in Nursery.
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