English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.
The national curriculum states that:
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 for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
At Reydon Primary School, we use Pie Corbett's Talk 4 Writing skills, while incorporating various class texts and other high quality literature. We always use challenging vocabulary and encourage critical thinking across our lessons. Children are encouraged to read high quality texts, and are always welcome in our newly refurbished library, which has a plethora of texts ranging from Early Readers to Non-Fiction texts about relevant topics and curriculum.
In EYFS, our children are:
1) taught to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.
2) given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest
3) helped to use books and stories to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment
4) express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events
In KS1 and KS2, our children are taught to:
1) speak fluently and confidently
2) make inferences about texts or characters
3) use evidence to support their opinions or the opinions of others.
4) use appropriate punctuation for their age
5) link sentences and paragraphs together using cohesive devices
6) develop their own individual author's voice
7) reflect on and edit their work independently
8) write increasingly complex stories, poems and other text types, building on their knowledge of features each year.
Children in KS1 and KS2 have daily exposure to Reading, Writing and Spoken Language. In KS1 they explore through a mix of play and formal lessons. In KS2, English lessons are explicitly taught. All lessons and experiences cover a range of reading and writing. We cover spelling, grammar and punctuation both discretely and alongside our Talk 4 Writing texts, which are used all the way through EYFS to Year 6, as well as whole class texts in Key Stage 2. We teach editing techniques and focus on reflection of our work. We develop the children's vocabulary with rich and engaging texts. We also support and encourage reading at home, and our children take part in our "Reading Around the World" whole school reading challenge. We appreciate the parental support that goes hand in hand with developing and fostering a love of reading.
Assessment criteria has been developed in line with the National Curriculum requirements, and enables us to assess children as they move through each stage of their learning journey. We regularly attend Standards' Meetings in the North Lowestoft Hub in the Active Learning Trust for EYFS, Year 2, Year 4 and Year 6 to discuss standards wider than just our school community. In addition to the Standards' Meetings, we also meet as a hub and share work between schools, as well as participate in shared writing workshops at various points in the year. We take part in the No More Marking scheme, which allows us to make comparative judgements in writing against other schools' writing nationally.
In our school, we carry out regular and consistent learning walks and book monitoring to measure the impact and assess the implementation of our curriculum. We also subscribe to Pixl to compare our Reading and GPS results within a national context every half term in Year 6, and termly in the rest of KS2. We allow our children the opportunity to experience English through drama by attending theatre productions in London with Upper Key Stage 2.
Our aim is to achieve a GLD (Good Level of Development) in EYFS in line with national standards, and be at or above the national standard in the Phonics Screening in Year 1, KS1 National Tests and KS2 National Tests.
It is intended that every child in our school travels on their learning journey with a love for reading and writing that will last a lifetime. We are confident that our pupils have developed the knowledge and skills that will help them as they continue on to high school.
If you have any questions about English or Phonics at our school, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Miss T Prindible
Year 6 Teacher and English Coordinator