English – ‘Creating a confidence with meaning and expression, to take children forward to the future’
At Curbar, English equips pupils with skills and articulacy that will enable them to understand and influence the world as they grow. These skills include the ability to interpret and to express meaning from a range of sources and in a variety of contexts, and to understand and develop complex ideas. Our aim is for pupils to find, long after their time with us, that the English skills they have developed will continue to widen their options and underpin their successes, whatever their future path in life may be.
English is an overarching discipline; it is the medium through which meaning and expression is conveyed and the gateway to other branches of learning. Our English curriculum encompasses the National Curriculum to ensure all pupils experience and develop high standards of language and literacy, equipping them with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
At Curbar Primary, we strive to develop the full potential of all our pupils so they become confident readers who can derive huge enjoyment from books and literature. Phonic skills are essential to developing competent and fluent readers so it is important that they have secure understanding of letters and sounds. For the teaching of phonics, we follow the systematic approach of ‘Letters and Sounds’. During the Reception year, our children are provided with numerous and varied opportunities to hear and say sounds. As children progress through school, they will learn all sounds and the corresponding letter groups. This consistent and rigorous approach will provide our children with the foundations to become proficient and enthused readers with a passion for books, literature and vocabulary.
Reading at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
At Curbar Primary School, we want to foster a lifelong love of reading and books through sharing exciting and important literature with a range of genres, texts and authors. We believe reading opens up a new world for children and gives them the opportunity to explore new ideas, visit new places, meet new characters and develop a better understanding of the world and its people. Reading is a key life skill and we strive to embed a culture of reading into the core of what we do. Our children love words and building their understanding of vocabulary will give them the word power they need to become confident readers and successful speakers and writers. We will provide opportunities for children to read both independently and aloud. Our class reading learning and book studies will also allow the children to reflect on a book in depth and discuss and share ideas within the class under the guidance of a teacher. Reading and quality literature is implicitly interwoven into our curriculum. We immerse our children with quality texts as a means to inspiring and informing their writing through our curriculum.
At Curbar Primary School, we aim for our children to leave the school able to communicate effectively in writing – and enjoy being able to express themselves in this way. We have undertaken a multifaceted approach to writing, whereby many subject areas include the opportunity for pupils to express their thoughts in a range of written styles and contexts. Through our teaching sequence for writing we: immerse our children in a genre of writing; analyse and identify the skills necessary to be successful; teach the skills (often linked to grammar and punctuation); draft and improve our writing. We write for a purpose. It is important that our children are exposed to a range of exemplar texts, from across different genres, different cultures and different themes, to embed ambitious vocabulary choices and secure expectations of writing across the curriculum. Handwriting and spelling is also taught regularly across school to enable the children to become fluent and legible writers who have developed a proficient level of spelling.
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At Curbar, we promote pupils’ SMSC development through English in the following ways:
Text choice – choosing texts that represent a range of cultures and situations that will broaden the children’s knowledge of, and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values.
Using debate and discussion of a range of fictional, current or historical situations to develop children’s ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and explore the consequences of protagonist’s behaviours and actions and make connections with their own lives.
Through teaching children to write, to argue, to inform, to persuade and to explain competently, equipping them with the skills to work and socialise successfully with others.
Through studying books that cover a range of concepts, themes and situations , including classic texts, develop children’s ability to recognise, and value, the things we share in common across cultural, religious, ethnic and socio-economic communities.