Intent 

At Grange Park, we are building an inspiring English curriculum which is challenging, inclusive and nurturing, whilst also building resilience and self-esteem. We have acknowledged that Literacy skills are crucial to pupils' learning in other subjects across the curriculum, so we maintain a flexible approach to lessons so that all children have the time to apply newly learned skills independently. We value our pupil and staff voice to raise morale and ensure that learning fits the needs of our pupils. We believe that every child can and will achieve by preparing them with a skillset for now and their future. We direct children to work as published authors and have a relentless approach to English to ensure all children achieve. Our focus is on life-long reading and ensuring no child is left behind. 

 

Implementation 

Overview 

Throughout the three-week English cycle, there are many opportunities for children to develop building blocks for writing. Through carefully chosen, rich texts, we provide pupils with a range of relevant and purposeful opportunities to develop their ability to read, understand and engage with various types of text for enjoyment and learning. Focusing on the reader, we ensure that children firstly have the language and vocabulary skills to use their voice. We then encourage the children to choose an appropriate and meaningful approach to record their ideas. Our curriculum coverage means that every child is exposed to literary heritage, moving pictures and core texts to drive fluency and progression in comprehension. We follow the Together for Children Long Term Plan 

 

Reading 

Early reading follows Letters and Sounds, which progresses throughout KS1. We teach Floppy’s phonics from EYFS throughout KS1 to ensure a consistent approach for staff and children. Each child has a phonetically decodable reading book, which supports their phase of phonic development. This is teamed with a 'Share' book which enables our families to explore deeper vocabulary together. As part of our reading at home every night agreement we have fantastic support from families at home who hear their children read every night. In the classroom, staff model reading to children so that they have the exposure to reciprocal reading strategies across the curriculum. Throughout the school, there are numerous opportunities for children to be heard by a teacher 1:1 throughout the day. We have developed a central library, in which children will be able to access books to read for interest and pleasure. 

Our Guided Reading strategy presents opportunities for (independent or guided) tasks, including: comprehension skills, pre-reading in preparation for an upcoming session, research, reading for pleasure and inference. Early reading is supported through high quality systematic, synthetic approaches. We use Read, Write Inc. rhymes to help with letter formation. 

We have created reading areas in each class room to ensure consistency throughout the school.  

 

Writing 

Our writing cycle is based on a model text. In order to build stamina and precise writing skills, we use this model text and look at it in-depth, over time. There is a real focus on making sure that there is deep discussion and thorough understanding. We ensure there is a clear audience and purpose to our writing. 

 

Throughout the year, the children will focus on a range of fiction and non-fiction genres which are closely linked to carefully planned out texts. We have a huge range of texts in school which is celebrated through the engagement in writing, as we believe children first need to be confident readers to use their skills in writing. 

 

Spelling 

Our spelling curriculum is taken from the National Curriculum and is taught through the No-nonsense Spelling scheme. It is used daily throughout KS1 and KS2. 

 

Handwriting 

We use the Charles Cripps handwriting scheme and pride ourselves on high standards. Handwriting is taught daily and there is an easy transition between year groups. In EYFS the children look at letter formation through Read Write Inc rhymes which progresses in to Charles Cripps formation. 

 

Marking 

Live marking and instant feedback is our main priority in English. We work alongside the child during writing and redraft processes so that intervention has an immediate impact. The children are trained to take a more self-reliant role and are given the opportunity to discuss their ideas. 

 

Home Learning 

In the event of a bubble closure, we have planned to use Oak National Academy to supplement our curriculum. This also links to the LTP from the Local Authority. The class teacher will set home learning via Dojo. 

 

Impact 
  • Children are equipped with life skills to progress in reading and writing. 
  • Children are happy, confident and relaxed throughout the English cycle. 
  • There are numerous opportunities for reading for enjoyment. 
  • Vocabulary is a main focus and children will be confident when speaking. 
  • Our spelling programme will ensure that spelling patterns and rules are being applied. 
  • Phonics teaches children how to decode letters into their respective sounds to ensure transition to reading. 
  • Early reading is supported through carefully chosen texts. 
  • The children can write for a specific topic, audience and purpose. 

 

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