English Curriculum Statement
All subjects in our curriculum are designed to drive the following key areas:
- Knowledge of the world
- Increase subject vocabulary
- Develop curiosity and enhance critical thinking skills
- Build aspirations for the future
‘We blend the powerful instructional process with an equally effective literacy strategy where pupils are grouped by stage not age, based on their reading comprehension level. Success for All is one of only 19 programmes across the world identified by Graham Allen in a significant HMI Report (January 2011) that is 'proven to work'.’
The following underpins the teaching of Success for All:
- Co-operative Learning
- Clarification strategies
- Reading comprehension
- Writing skills
Success for All (SFA) teaches children the skills with which to work effectively with other children, and how to use these skills in order to achieve their learning when both reading and writing. SFA begins with our youngest learners in Nursery, where children learn the cooperative learning skills as well as being introduced to 5 Minute Maths and Early Phonics lessons. Moving to Reception, children build on these initial skills by extending their Phonics and Maths sessions further, and introducing History and Geography through themed activities linked to a book. At this stage children are also introduced to Phonics Fairy, who brings the magic and fun to phonics as an additional taught session.
From Years 1-6, children receive a ninety-minute English lessons every day. On a Monday children spend their English lesson working with their class focussing on Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar, and Creative Writing based on their year group objectives. On Tuesday to Friday, children work in their SFA groups. Every child is grouped according to their current reading comprehension ability, ensuring that every child receives a curriculum tailored to their individual needs. As a result, children have every opportunity to succeed with their reading and writing. The groups are re-assessed every 8 weeks, ensuring that children who are making accelerated progress or need additional support receive the tailored approach they require.
An SFA cycle comprises of one or more weeks studying a specified text. During the cycle children have three days with a reading focus and three days with a writing focus. Pupils are exposed to vocabulary-rich texts across a variety of cultures and genres. The SFA approach is also used across the wider curriculum, with a high standard of writing expected in all lessons.
We use a variety of resources to support teacher knowledge and improve lessons:
- SFA Manuals and teaching sequences.
- Phonics Fairy website and resources.
- Letters and Sounds resources for additional support.
- Unity Trust – Atlas shared drive
- Curriculum visions
- Precision Teaching during SFA lessons.
- Visits to other SFA schools.
- Implementation Partner days three times a term.
Reading at home:
Our children are taught reading through SFA, and in Reception start to take the SFA shared stories they have read in their group to support with their reading at home. From Year 1 to Year 6, our reading programme is supplemented by Oxford Reading Tree, Floppy's Phonics, Project X Books and a range of free choice reading books as children go through the school. These books are carefully matched to reading ages which match the SFA reading groups children are in, in order to support their learning even further through home reading. If you have any further questions about reading at home, please speak with your child's class teacher who will be happy to help.