July 28, 2017

English

 CO-ORDINATOR Mrs A MORTEN 

The Curriculum encourages teachers to use a variety of approaches to teaching English. It recommends regular, dedicated English lessons, but recognises that children can also develop the acquired skills while they learn about other subjects in the curriculum. The curriculum encourages teachers to put a greater emphasis on using ‘phonics’ (teaching your child to recognise the sounds of parts of words), spelling and grammar. Our scheme of work incorporates all the new aspects of work together with a real change of emphasis. In English, during Key Stage 1 children learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say. They begin to read and write independently and with enthusiasm. They use language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds.

Key Stage 1

Reading:

The children’s interest and pleasure in reading is developed as they learn to read confidently and independently. They focus on words and sentences and how they fit into whole texts. They work out the meaning of straightforward texts and say why they like them or do not like them. I cannot stress the importance of reading and the impact it has on overall learning. As a school we ask that you practice reading with your child daily to support them in this vast learning area.

Writing:

The children start to enjoy writing and see the value of it. They learn to communicate meaning in narrative and non-fiction texts and spell and punctuate correctly.

Key Stage 2

The children learn to change the way they speak and write to suit different situations, purposes and audiences. They read a range of texts and respond to different layers of meaning in them. They explore the use of language in literary and non-literary texts and learn how language works.

Reading:

The children read a range of materials and use their knowledge of words, sentences and texts to understand and respond to the meaning. They increase their ability to read challenging and lengthy texts independently. They reflect on the meaning of texts, analysing and discussing them with others.

Writing:

The children develop understanding that writing is both essential to thinking and learning, and enjoyable in its own right. They learn the main rules and conventions of written English and start to explore how the English language can be used to express meaning in different ways. They use the planning, drafting and editing process to improve their work and to sustain their fiction and non-fiction writing.

The curriculum for English puts great emphasis on children proof reading and editing their work. We encourage this not only in school but would expect the children to develop this skill routinely and to proof read and edit work focusing on the agreed criteria within their English set. This year we will be concentrating on spelling and vocabulary.  The new spelling strategy is being fully introduced for all year groups. Teachers will also be encouraging children to broaden their vocabulary.  This has shown to have a positive effect on children’s learning ,not only in English, but across the curriculum.

Updated July 2017