We use the Pearson Wordsmith programme of study as the principal resource for teaching and learning the new primary curriculum for English. The resources include high quality print and e-books across a range of genres and are age appropriate but also allow for differentiation.
Within the school we have an extremely well stocked library where children have daily access to books from a range of fiction and non-fiction. Many of our books are coded with the Accelerated Reader quiz codes so children are able to access the enormously successful and motivating Accelerated Reader programme. Access to the online quizzing is available to pupils each day between 8.50 and 9.15 a.m. It is therefore vital children arrive on time to school so they can complete the quizzes and enjoy the feeling that success brings.
E-books from Pearson Bug Club are allocated to every child from Reception to Year 6. These colour banded books are allocated to pupils by their class teacher and are updated regularly as children progress through the colour band scheme. Children have access to the e-books during one computer session per week, and during Guided Reading sessions in class too. We also strongly encourage children to access their own Bug Club pages from their home computers or tablets or perhaps do so via computers at their local library.
We use the Nelson Oxford Handwriting scheme across the school and place a high level of importance on children’s awareness of writing for different purposes. Pupils are taught about writing which is appropriate for planning or drafting and that which is to impress. Expectations are high – not least because this element of communication is heavily weighted as a measurement in the end of KS1 and KS2 tests – but because it is a basic form of communication which is often the first impression that people make of us.
Grammar and Spelling are taught using a combination of resources. We provide discrete grammar and spelling lessons through the week but importantly take every opportunity to incorporate these essential skills and rules to all aspects of writing across the curriculum.
The subject of English is amongst the most dynamic across the school. Every opportunity is taken to embrace language and literature. Examples of this are the highly successful event days such as World Book Day, Roald Dahl Day, or National Poetry Day. We also hold regular author visits and book signings plus the annual Scholastic Book Fair which provides a huge amount of book resources for our school community. We participate – and even win the borough Poetry Competition and have had finalists celebrated in the National Writing competition: Wicked Young Writers. There is much to enjoy within this subject area.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the English curriculum, please make an appointment to see Mrs P Gough, Literacy Standards and Progression Manager by contacting the school office.