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’
- The following underpins the teaching of Success for All:
- Co-operative Learning
- Clarification strategies
- Reading comprehension
- Writing skills
A range of resources are used to teach English to ensure children receive a broad and balanced curriculum which meets all the requirements of the English National Curriculum.
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 reading. 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 writing 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. The SEND Hub also uses these resources to support the teaching and learning of their pupils.
In Year 1 children continue to build on their phonics knowledge through daily phonics lessons and daily reading/comprehension lessons supported through SFA resources. Year 2-6 continue on a progressive reading programme using SFA reading resources. Each week children complete a range of treasure hunts and fluency tasks where they are given the opportunities to study a range of texts whilst developing their comprehension skills.
For writing from Years 1-6 the School follows the Curriculum for Literacy at Unity Schools Partnership (CLUSP). This further empowers pupils to become knowledge rich learners for life. It is a vocabulary rich progressive curriculum which works alongside the CUSP curriculum used to teach History, Geography and Science. Explicit links are made between the subjects enabling pupils to draw from their knowledge in the foundation subjects and utilise this in English. Within the CLUSP curriculum, punctuation and grammar is taught both directly and discreetly with pupils receiving a 20 minute daily SPaG lesson.
To support with the teaching of spelling, Spelling Shed is used a crossed the school. This is underpinned by PiXL assessments supporting pupil’s phonics knowledge as well as the spelling of common exception, spelling patterns and rules taught in each year group.
Handwriting is also taught at least 5 days a week in EYFS and Key Stage 1 and 3 days a week in Key Stage 2. This is supported by the programme, Letter-Join. Letter-join teaches pupils pre-cursive handwriting in Reception through to cursive handwriting in Year 2. In Key Stage 2, pupils continue to develop their speed, fluency and presentation of handwriting.
We use a variety of resources to support teacher knowledge and improve lessons:
- CLUSP curriculum and curriculum planning
- CUSP curriculum
- SFA Manuals and teaching resources.
- Phonics Fairy website and resources.
- Letters and Sounds resources for additional support.
- Curriculum Visions
- Precision Teaching during SFA lessons.
- Visits to other SFA schools.
- Spelling Shed
- PiXL English resources
English 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 children’s reading ability in order to support their learning even further through home reading.
Children also have a Spelling Shed and Letter-join accounts which allow them to access weekly activities set by their teachers at home.