Our English Curriculum aims to enable children to speak, listen, read and write well and with fluency. We endeavour to foster a love of reading within our children that results in creativity and enthusiasm when they are required to apply ideas in their own writing.
In line with the 2014 National Curriculum, the genres of Fiction, Non-fiction and Poetry are taught across all year groups. During our teaching we utilise technology, good resources and imaginative approaches aimed at inspiring our children. Where it is relevant, children will draft, edit and improve their work. They are encouraged to produce work for a purpose and where possible, are provided with opportunities to present this to a real audience.
Progression in English Skills Years 1 - 6
To learn more regarding the English skills that are taught during each academic year, please click on the attached links.
At Welshampton C of E Primary School, we believe that learning to read is one of the most important skills your child will ever acquire. Reading is the cornerstone of all learning and fundamentally affects a child’s ability to access all other areas of our curriculum. We therefore strive to enable every child to learn to read as quickly as possible whilst also aiming to engender an enjoyment and passion for books
Our children read in class every day for various reasons. We use a range of different texts but primarily we utilise the Rigby Reading scheme. This is supplemented by Oxford Reading Tree and Story Worlds. Children read in guided groups with a teacher or Teaching Assistant, or read independently. They start taking books home to read with parents as soon as they start school in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The link below explains how we teach reading at Welshampton C of E School and contains a comprehensive list of websites which you can access for further information about supporting your child's reading at home.
In our school we utilise the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach, as developed by Pie Corbett and Julia Strong. This methodology builds children's confidence and understanding by enabling them to orally imitate the key language which they need for a particular topic. Fun activities help them to rehearse the tune of the language they need, whilst shared writing demonstrates the way in which they should craft their writing.
When the children are enthused and excited by a book, they are encouraged to analyse, interrogate and thoroughly comprehend the words which they have read. They then utilise this understanding to enable them to write parts of a text, or a whole text by changing the original and / or creating their own version.
The essential skills of writing such as drafting, editing, improving and presenting are also taught.
In order for our children to read and write proficiently, they must be able to speak and listen well. Across the whole school curriculum, at all ages, pupils are given regular opportunities to develop these essential skills in order to explore and develop texts. We make good use of drama to help develop all children's confidence in this area.
From the Foundation Stage and throughout Key Stage One, our children are taught systematic, synthetic phonics during daily, discrete sessions. This teaching, which is based upon the DfES document 'Letters and Sounds', incorporates the learning of 'Jolly Phonics' actions and is in line with the raised expectations of the 2014 National Curriculum. Children are taught in small, focused groups which allow them to be challenged to achieve high expectations. In addition to providing them with the skills to orally segment and blend words, children are presented with regular opportunities to practice and apply these.
Children are taught to form letters correctly from the time they learn their sounds. The children are taught the correct pencil grip and to ‘print’ their letters with exit flicks. This then allows for a smooth transition into joined handwriting, in line with the National Curriculum 2014. As children become more confident writers, they are encouraged to develop a fluent, natural style that is legible and flows.
A focus on developing a neat handwriting style and good presentation is encouraged through the award of a 'Pen Licence' for proficient handwriters in Key Stage Two.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
Spelling, punctuation and grammar are recognised as crucial requirements for the development of a good understanding of English. These skills are taught in each class and their application is encouraged in all written work.