Kingskerwell Primary School English Curriculum
At Kingskerswell Primary School we are embracing the new primary curriculum for English.
“A high quality education in English will teach pupils to write and speak fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.”
At Kingskerswell we believe that reading is a skill which is taught through planned, systematic phonics lessons which lead to the enjoyment of all kinds of books, the appreciation of different genres and the ability to access information independently. Through their own reading, we hope that children will develop their individual tastes in literature and be able to understand and justify their own choice of books.
Our primary aims in reading are:
-To develop phonetic skills which lead to blending and reading easily, fluently and with good understanding
– To develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
-To promote confidence and positive attitudes to reading.
-To promote and encourage good home/school links using a wide range of literature.
-To equip children with critical tools so they are able to analyse what they read.
-To give children access to a wide range of fiction and information books in order to appreciate our rich and varied heritage
-To monitor each child’s progress through the use of a range of assessment strategies including informal assessments and formal testing as appropriate.
-To support groups of learners in maximising their reading potential including those with special educational needs or those children who display gifts and talents.
– To acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
The programme of study for reading consists of two dimensions: word reading and comprehension, our approach is designed to fulfil both of these. In foundation and Key Stage 1, we primarily follow the DfE Letters and Sounds publication, supplemented with additional reading materials. Our approach is systematic, consistent, rigorous and fun in order that all children become readers as quickly as possible. Children have access to a colour-coded range of books so that reading skills can progress. These books are sent home to give parents an opportunity to share their child’s reading in a relaxed home atmosphere. Alongside this we also use Accelerated Reader where the children can choose from numbered levelled reading books and then answer quiz questions about them, which enables us to help support and assess a child’s comprehension skills. Our school has a library which children can freely access during their lunchtimes and at times with their class. Guided Reading sessions take place each week and allow pupils to learn and practise their skills within a small group with the teacher using an appropriately levelled book. Individual targets for reading are also discussed at this time.
Our primary aims in writing are:
–To write clearly, confidently, accurately and coherently
-To adapt their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
-To write using a number of devices to engage the reader
-To use a wide range of opportunities to write that are both topic based and relevant
The programmes of study for writing are: transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing). In Foundation and KS1 word lists are sent home to practise spelling of the key words. In KS2, word lists follow spelling rules or patterns in sounds. Spelling investigations also happen in class as part of spelling teaching which happens during the 15 x 15 minutes allocated slots per half term. Handwriting is taught throughout the week using the Nelson Handwriting scheme with a weekly focus taught during a discreet 20 minute session once a week. Writing is regarded as a cross-curricular skill, and contexts and purposes for writing are often embedded in other areas of the curriculum through our topic approach. Through shared and guided writing teacher’s model new skills, discuss types of writing and extend creative ideas. Independently, children then practise the skills they have learnt and either individually or in pairs produce writing for different purposes. Children are taught skills in editing and redrafting final pieces of work in order to meet a given success criteria. In KS1, children are encouraged to write for a range of purposes in order to build their confidence and stamina for writing. In KS2, children write across a broad range of genres including: myths, legends, fables, narrative, journalistic, discussion and persuasion, explanation writing, Shakespeare and a wide variety of poetry.
Our Primary aims in speaking and listening are:
- To use and value discussion in order to learn
- To be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- To be able to speak and listen to others by giving presentations and demonstrations
- To participate in debate
Active discussion and a focus on child talk takes place in all our taught session here at Kingskerswell Primary School. Through guided work teachers encourage children to enter into discussions through either agreeing and disagreeing and giving justification for this. Debates are part of some teaching sequences and deep discussions also take part in our philosophy sessions. Each class holds a class assembly where children are all involved in presenting their current learning to an audience and various drama and choir productions happen throughout the school year both in school and at the church, which give the children a chance to shine.
I hope you find this information useful
Miss W Williams Literacy Subject Leader 2018