Our English curriculum aims to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.   The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

Ø  read easily, fluently and with good understanding

Ø  develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

Ø  acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

Ø  appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

Ø  write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences

Ø  use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas

Ø  are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate

Each year’s programme of study is broken down into three elements:

Ø  Spoken Language

Ø  Reading

o    Word Reading (in the foundation stage and KS1 we run daily phonics sessions following the ‘Letters & Sounds’ programme)

o    Comprehension

 (We ensure a range of books are available for our children to support their development in both word reading and comprehension.  Children progress through the ‘stages’ of reading by reading both ‘scheme’ books (we predominantly use Oxford Reading Tree) as well as ‘real’ books, banded to correspond to these scheme stages.)

Ø  Writing

o    Transcription

o    Handwriting

o    Composition

o    Vocabulary, Grammar & Punctuation (whilst grammar teaching is woven discreetly throughout our curriculum, we also teach explicit sessions)

See appendix two for the year group/phase overviews.  We bring these programmes of studies alive in the classroom for the children through the use of our target card system, meaning that children can track their progress towards the objectives.