English sits at the heart of our curriculum – it is through language, story and text that children learn to form concepts, connect ideas and express themselves. Through literacy, in all its forms, children learn to both make sense of the world and shape their place within it.
Across both writing and reading, we place a heavy emphasis on developing a child’s vocabulary. By the time children leave Year Six, the limited word hoard they arrived with in Reception will have expanded enormously, giving them the language they need to understand sophisticated texts and express themselves in a wide range of contexts.
The development of talk underpins all learning. Through targeted teaching of vocabulary and key knowledge, we aim to develop speaking and listening mental processes. We understand that high quality writing comes from high quality speech. We plan for these opportunities within our curriculum whenever possible allowing children to formulate ideas, speculate and focus on language acquisition.
We do this by:
Writing is critical to pupils’ success in education and beyond. We value the process of writing and practice regularly to build strong, confident writers over time. Good thinking is the foundation of good writing, and high quality class texts linked to our curriculum allow children to develop their ideas around key concepts. Ambitious vocabulary is taught to enable children to express themselves creatively as well as to consolidate learning. Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG)are the tools with which language is given depth and punch. These are taught through key texts and models so children learn in a meaningful context which they can apply to their own writing.
Writing opportunities are purposeful and engaging, with a focus on the audience to shape the style and tone of the text. The process of writing allows children to build their knowledge and understanding and explore ideas creatively before their first draft, which they will then use self, peer and teacher feedback to refine and redraft before their final draft. Publishing opportunities illustrate the importance of presentation and writing from every child is celebrated in class and school displays.