As with the whole of our curriculum, we have identified key knowledge, skills and experiences, which we want pupils at Leys Primary School to experience throughout their time with us. Underpinning these is a commitment to facilitating and promoting opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural experiences as often this is where the greatest degree of meaning and fulfillment is experienced. To find out more about this, please see the documents above, or alternatively, open the SMSC tab for the complete document.
Reading and Writing:
We use the Pearson Wordsmith programme of study as the principal resource for teaching and learning English. The resources include high quality print and e-books across a range of genres and are age appropriate but also allow for differentiation.
Where appropriate we match the Wordsmith resources to the units of study within the appropriate mile stones of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC); this allows us to most readily contextualise all aspects of our pupils' learning and provide a coherent experience for both pupils and teachers. Children therefore have a rich range of texts to draw upon as stimulus for their own writing and over time grow ever more confident and proficient in writing in different genres, different audiences or different purposes.
In addition to Wordsmith, we use further hiqh quality, challenging fiction and non-fiction texts to reinforce our commitment to contextualised and cross-curricular learning. Many of these have come from our association with the highly respected writer, editor and literacy
consultant: Nikki Gamble and her organisation, Just Imagine. We are preparing to introduce texts from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) Power of Reading project, to enhance the existing excellent resources further.
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.
Children have independent choice over the AR books they read, but have to make their selections within their identified ZPD range. By doing this, children are reading texts which are within their comprehension range but which also provides a degree of challenge. The results of AR and Star Reader tests provide us with standardised scores.
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, right from the start of the day. Accelerated Reader certificates are awarded regularly via children's class teacher or during Friday assembly.
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.
The Nelson Oxford Handwriting scheme is used across the school. We 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 part of the measurement in KS1,(end of Year 2) and KS2, (end of Year 6) tests – but because it is a basic form of communication which is often the first impression that people make of us.
Grammar and Spelling:
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 in lessons from across the curriculum, where we believe it is learned and understood best in practice.
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 semi-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 Barking and Dagenham 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 see the curriculum outlines for English, please open the relevant year group tab above. However, if you would prefer to discuss any aspect of the English curriculum, please make an appointment to see me, Mrs. Gough, Literacy Standards and Progression Manager, by contacting the school office.
Thank you for taking the time to read the above.