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English Language & Literature...Confident communicators

We seek to enable our pupils to be good communicators who will have a broad literary background and effective literary skills. This means they will become increasingly competent speakers, listeners, readers and writers; with sound knowledge of the richness and importance of both our linguistic heritage and the cultures from which these have been drawn.

We hope that these skills and abilities will enhance other curriculum studies and encourage critical thinking, sensitive reflection and considered response in connection with a variety of issues - whether literary and linguistic, or topical and global.

Key Skills

By the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2) the majority of our children should be able to:

  • Listen, read and review in order to understand and respond
  • Discuss, debate and draft in order to develop and explore ideas and issues
  • Speak and write to present ideas and opinions
  • Evaluate and edit to review and improve
  • Work collaboratively to share ideas and understanding

Our Objectives

From Year 1, we deliver a curriculum based on a variety of individual texts; fiction, non-fiction, poetry and information texts; following the Hamilton Trust scheme and the National Curriculum programme of study. In subsequent year groups we use Read Write Inc's Literacy and Language Scheme, where the children meet complex and exciting power words to extend their vocabulary. Grammar is both embedded and discrete allowing pupils to construct their own writing style. These are both schemes which promote active learning, incorporating Drama, partner and small group work. The children are required to contribute to the delivery of the lesson and each other’s learning; discussion is integral. The schemes fully prepare the children for extended writing by using a planning, drafting and revising method, whilst introducing complex vocabulary.

Spelling is caught in daily sessions working with the Schofield and Sims Scheme across the school. The children are grouped or addressed individually to meet their own specific needs.

The Reception year, as part of the Early Years' Foundation Stage (EYFS), work with listening skills and phonics (Jolly Phonics) to develop their communication skills. As their learning progresses we move on to using a variety of reading schemes including Read Write Inc and Oxford Reading Tree.