English

We Learn, We Respect, We Succeed!

English Curriculum Statement

Intent
At Brentnall Community Primary, we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied English heritage and create a habit of reading widely and often. We recognise the importance of learning and to nurture 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 encourage children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and to use respectful discussion to further their learning. We aim to facilitate the development of vocabulary through the first-hand experiences that we provide to all of our children through our enriching curriculum.

We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in English, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a secure basis in English skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to be successful and to participate fully as a member of society.

Implementation
These aims are embedded across our English lessons and the wider curriculum. We have a rigorous and well-organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. The Power of Reading English scheme places high-quality children’s literature at the heart of the English curriculum and encourages talk for writing and discussion to develop vocabulary. The scheme uses creative and cross-curricular approaches to engage children and enrich teaching and learning. Teachers follow the English long term plan and adapt the lesson sequences to provide a fully inclusive English curriculum that draw on cross-curricular links. We also develop writing skills through the use of writing focus tasks and cross-curricular topic writing to develop stamina and application of skills to writing. We provide a wide range of stimuli for writing including: first-hand experiences, film, imagery, music, modelled, shared and guided writing and relevant headlines. We ensure that children have a clear purpose for writing, such as, writing to be read aloud to an audience, shared with SLT, displayed on ‘The Writing’s on the Wall’, shared in Celebration Assembly, uploaded to Pobble 365 or even sent to schools in a different country. Writing pieces are assessed regularly through our consistent writing interim frameworks for each year group. Our curriculum is in-line with the 2014 National Curriculum for English.

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.

In addition to daily English lessons, our children are encouraged to read for pleasure and to read widely through our whole-class reading lessons, streamed phonic lessons and visits to our local library. Our children excel in early reading through the use of the Read, Write, Inc. programme from reception – year 2 and continue to develop a range of reading skills, as well as a love of reading, throughout Key Stage 2 in whole-class reading lessons. We use a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction quality texts and resources to help develop a range of reading skills and to motivate and inspire our children. We also provide a wealth of enrichment opportunities, from visiting our local library to celebrating author days within school. Parents are given reading guidance and clear expectations for reading at home and are also invited into classes each half term to encourage active participation in their child’s learning.

Impact
The impact on our children is clear: progress, sustained learning and transferrable skills. With the implementation of the reading and writing journey being taught progressively across school, we have a community of enthusiastic readers and writers who enjoy showcasing their developing English knowledge and skills. They are confident to take risks in their reading and writing, and love to discuss and share their ideas. Our regular pupil voice revealed that many of our children aspire to become writers and authors as a career. Regular and ongoing assessments inform teaching, as well as intervention, to support and enable the success of every learner at Brentnall. We hope that as children move on from Brentnall, their creativity and passion for English and high aspirations travel with them and continue to grow and develop as they do.

Further Information

  • For information on the National Curriculum for English please click here
  • For more informati0n on the Long Term Plans for spelling please click here
  • For more information on how writing is taught within Early Years please click here
  • For more information on how reading is taught within Early Years please click here
  • For more information on how spoken language is taught within Early Years please click here

Remote learning

There are videos and live lessons available on youtube available through the  website that be accessed at home to support remote learning. https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/