English

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At Bleak Hill Primary School we provide a stimulating and challenging English curriculum that prepares our pupils for life beyond our school and for the ever changing world in which they live. We believe that a love for reading culture is central to learning, every child should have the opportunity to read for pleasure. We firmly believe that reading feeds children’s imagination. We also believe that every child should be given the tools to develop into an enthusiastic and confident reader both at home and at school. Reading improves language and vocabulary, inspires imagination and gives everyone the opportunity to develop and foster new interests. Our teaching of writing aims to enable children to enjoy using language in different contexts and have the confidence and ability to do so. We strive to encourage our pupils to become independent, enthusiastic and lifelong writers who can communicate their own ideas and emotions well.

Sound English skills are essential for progress across the curriculum and to prepare pupils effectively for tasks of adult life. At Bleak Hill English underpins learning in every subject and we work to ensure there are significant opportunities across the wider curriculum for pupils to embed their literacy skills.

All teachers have a responsibility to develop pupils’ competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening in their own subjects and to ensure that pupils become competent users of language, and can access the curriculum effectively and achieve their potential.

Bleak Hill Primary School:

• Recognises the effect that a confident, fluent and coherent understanding of English will have on a pupil’s progress, both inside and outside of the school environment.

• Understands how a strong grounding in English will impact the future learning and development of a pupil in all aspects of their life

• Provides a balanced and broad curriculum which encompasses writing practice, including handwriting, spelling, widening vocabulary, and writing for different styles, purposes, and audiences, as well as focussing on spoken English, reading, grammar and pronunciation.

• Ensures that all staff members are aware of planning, assessment, teaching and learning requirements for the English curriculum.

• Ensures that all pupils know how to plan, practise and evaluate their work.

• Ensures that all pupils understand all elements of English, as per the national curriculum.

· Develop a pupil’s love of reading through providing an opportunity to experience a range of authors and widen their understanding of the world from their exposure to a wide variety of books

· Enables all pupils to confidently communicate their knowledge, skill sand emotions through their writing.

· Ensures children acquire a wide vocabulary through a language rich environment, solid understanding of grammar and be able to spell new words

These aims are embedded across our English lessons and the wider curriculum. We have a rigorous and well organised English curriculum and framework, that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. We use a wide variety of quality texts and resources to motivate and inspire our children. Teachers also ensure that cross curricular links with concurrent topic work are woven into the programme of study.

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.

Reading

· EYFS and KS1 children access daily phonics sessions

· KS2 children access our library and follow our Accelerated Reader program

· Children in every class are read part of a class novel every day

· Children across school have time in the school day to enjoy reading for pleasure

· Teachers target the lowest 20% of readers to ensure they are making good progress

· Children are given regular opportunities to improve their reading fluency

· Children have access to specific books linked to each curriculum area.

Writing

· Children are introduced to a new writing driver each half term

· Children have the opportunity to write in a range of different genres for each writing driver

· Children have a range of opportunities for independent writing each half term

· Teachers plan well-structured lessons that demonstrate high quality modelled writing.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

· Children have opportunities to further knowledge of spelling, punctuation and grammar through writing lessons

· Children will access weekly explicit punctuation and grammar lessons

· Children are taught weekly spelling rules

· EYFS and KS1 are taught daily sounds and have opportunities for spelling during daily phonics lessons.

We ensure that children acquire the appropriate skills and knowledge to prepare them for the next stage of their education and adult life.

Reading

· Children in EYFS and KS1 are making good or better progress with their sound knowledge and reading fluency

· Children in KS2 are using accelerated reading books on a regular basis and are quizzing in class

· Children at Bleak Hill have a love for reading

· The 20% of readers targeted are making good progress

· Reading fluency across school has made good or better progress

· Subject specific books are in every classroom and accessible to all children.

Writing

· Children write in a range of different genres using a writing driver each half term

· Children write high-quality independent pieces of writing using well modelled teacher examples.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

· Children are showing progress with spelling, punctuation and grammar in their writing

· Children showing good or better progress in each year group in termly assessments.

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