Curriculum Leader: Katie Mabey
Miss Mabey is our English Leader and is responsible for this curriculum area. This means ensuring that we teach an ambitious curriculum, supporting our teachers to implement our curriculum through high-quality lessons and checking that lessons are helping children to know more, remember more and do more.
Purpose of Study
As a child grows up, being able to read well not only enables them to discover new facts and to learn at school, but also opens them up to a world of new ideas, stories and opportunities. We truly believe that by inspiring children to read, being read to on a daily basis by an adult in their class and by giving children opportunities to explore a range of rich and appropriately challenging texts through a variety of reading activities they will, in turn, succeed. They will succeed in reading accurately and fluently; responding critically to each text they read; and discussing texts with confidence. Reading is at the heart of the curriculum. By ensuring that children develop a love of reading and an ability to read accurately, fluently and critically, children will also succeed in developing their skills in writing, speaking and listening, and spelling, punctuation and grammar.
The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- To read easily, fluently and with good understanding
Develop the habit of reading widely and often , for both pleasure and information
Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
Appreciate our rich and varied literacy heritage
Write clearly, accurately and coherently adapting their language and style in and for, a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain their understanding and ideas
Are competent in skills of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
Our vision for Writing at Chiltern Primary School
At Chiltern Primary School, we strive to engage children in writing by teaching it through exciting and relevant contexts. We often use quality texts to inspire writing and to promote the importance of reading for pleasure.
We plan English ‘journeys’ that last two to three weeks and culminate in a ‘final piece’ of writing that has an authentic purpose and audience. Our teachers plan a range of writing opportunities for a range of purposes e.g. entertain, inform and persuade.
Partway through the journey, the children have an opportunity to practise the skills they have learnt so far by applying them to an ‘apprentice piece’ of writing. From this, their teacher can identify ‘next step’ targets that might need a bit more practice before they write their final piece.
We acknowledge that vocabulary is a barrier to onward success in writing therefore explicit vocabulary is planned and taught across our writing journeys to ensure that children are successful writers.
For some children, the demands of the year group curriculum need to be adapted and scaffolded. Teachers develop writing provisions for key children in order for them to achieve at their own personal level. Additional adults in the classroom also provide additional scaffolds, adaptations as well as targeted support and intervention.