English

Purpose of study from the National Curriculum

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.

Intent

To ensure that all pupils will benefit from a rich, broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum that is matched appropriately to their ages,abilities and aptitudes. Ensuring the progressive development of english knowledge and skills and to foster a love of the subject in our pupils. Our pupils will be creative and imaginative and be armed with the resilience, skills and knowledge to explore the literary world around them. 

We are a Read, Write Inc school

Pupils in keystage 1 ( and some in year 3 and 4) all have daily phonics using the Read, Write Inc phonics materials.  Pupils are taught in small, differentiated groups.

Pupils in keystage 2 all follow the Read, Write Inc Literacy and Language scheme.  These lessons are taught daily in year groups. 

Keystage 2 pupils also have daily Read, Write Inc Get Spelling lessons.

For our pupils who need extra help we have Read, Write Inc Freshstart and One to One phonics interventions, which run alongside Literacy and Language and Phonics every day.  Further Literacy interventions include: Nessy and Talk Boost.

Pupil in Y4,5,6 also have daily Reading time.  During these sessions, pupils will read for between 20 and 30 minutes.  They will also have opportunities within the sessions to read to adults, discuss their books and complete comprehension activities to assess understanding of the books.

Implementation

  • Topics for the year to ensure rich, braod and balanced curriculum coverage.
  • Display, planning and workbook scrutiny to evidence coverage and differentiation.
  • Termly data will be collected and analysed to ensure continued progress. Target areas and pupils identified and support for bth staff and pupils to be implemented if required.
  • Learning walks, team teaching, observations and discussions with pupils to ensure learning is exciting and challenging.
  • Continued use of the ReadWriteInc and Literacy and Language schemes to enhance/support  teaching and delivery of the National Curriculum programmes of study. 

Impact

By the end of each key stage, the pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programmes of study. They will have the confidence and ability to transfer these skills to other areas of the curriculum.  They will develop a love and interest of english and writing and the literary figures who have influenced, shaped/shape the world we live in. 

 

Click on any of the links below to find out more about English activities at Gorsewood:

World Book Day

World Book Day

Spooks Workshop

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Gorsewood Primary School

Gorsewood Road, Murdishaw, Runcorn, WA7 6ES