English Curriculum Statement
Intent: We endeavor to nurture a love of literature and language, and instil children with the confidence to continue reading and writing throughout their lives. Our aim is to develop their powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
Implementation: At Flourish Federation, we follow the 2014 National Curriculum for English. We aim to deliver an inspiring English curriculum through lessons which encourage pupils to read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding. The elements involved in teaching English are the following:
- Speaking & Listening: Speaking and listening activities are purposefully woven throughout our curriculum from EYFS to Year Six. Good oral work enhances pupils’ understanding of language. We foster an interest in words and their meanings and a growing vocabulary through exposure to high quality texts. We seek to develop their confidence and ability to express their thoughts, feelings and ideas in words in class through talking partners, discussion and debate and in performances to parents.
- Phonics: Phonics is taught as a way of decoding written letters and spoken sounds in the early stages of learning to read. Learning to read is like cracking a code so we use a synthetic phonics approach to teach children to do this. We teach phonics daily and systematically from day one in EYFS using Storytime Phonics so that children can start reading complete words as soon as possible.
- Reading: We promote a love of reading and respect for books. We believe that from EYFS and Year One, children ‘Learn to Read’ enabling them to ‘Read to Learn’. As soon as children start school they begin to learn that all print carries meaning. We have a structured and multifaceted approach to the teaching of reading which includes 1;1 reading, shared reading, group and whole class guided reading. We use picture books, classic and contemporary novels and factual texts to engage and stimulate learning, ensuring children enjoy high quality writing that elevates their knowledge and understanding. Our reading scheme includes books from a range of companies to provide a variety of styles and genres. Children are encouraged to read widely both in and outside school to widen their horizons and develop empathy, confidence and fluency.
- Spelling: In EYFS and Key Stage One, children use their phonics skills to spell words as well as learning the High Frequency words (including tricky words). As children progress through the school, they are taught spelling rules and patterns. All children are tested on the rules and patterns they have been taught each term, with the expectation that they apply them in their independent writing. Common Exception Words are also shared with parents and children, and are expected to be built upon throughout the year.
- Writing: Learning to make the transition from spoken to written language is a key skill for children to learn as early as possible. This transition is made through exposure to a wide variety of written texts and through purposeful opportunities to practise their developing skills. We teach our children to plan, draft, revise and edit their own writing. Alongside this children are taught grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting. Children from Year 2 can earn a pen licence and are encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their work.
Impact: Children progress to become fluent and confident speakers, readers and writers. Children are independent to have reading preferences and they make links between books and authors they have read. Our approach will enable more children to reach age-related expectations and greater depth, ensuring they are ready for the next step in their learning.