Our vision for English is for children…
- To become literate to a high standard which enables them to access the wider curriculum and prepare them for life beyond the classroom.
- To have a passion for reading through immersing them in an abundance of quality texts.
- To equip children with the skills and vocabulary they need to create engaging pieces of writing in a wide variety of genres.
- To confidently communicate their ideas and opinions in an eloquent way using a rich and varied vocabulary.
Positive attitudes ensure that the children grow in confidence and self-esteem and are highly motivated towards their own personal achievements in all aspects of English. Six hours a week are dedicated to teaching English, including two hours for reading and ample time for extended writing opportunities, including editing work. Where possible the English topics are linked to themes being covered in other subjects to give more relevance. Each child has targets for writing to ensure rapid progress.
Reading is taught using the Reciprocal Reading approach, where children learn to summarise, question, predict and clarify. Key texts are used by each year group to complete reading comprehension activities and also base both fiction and non-fiction writing on:
- Roald Dahl - The Enormous Crocodile
- D King-Smith - Hoghedge
- The story of Rama and Sita
- Traditional Tales with a twist - The ThreeLittle Pigs and The Wolf's Story
- Fairy Tales - Cinderella and Rhodopis The Egyptian Cinderella
- Theseus and the Minotaur
- Stone Girl, Bone Girl
- Laurence Anholt - Seven for a Secret and Harry's Home
- Ted Hughes - Iron Man
- CS Lewis - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
- Stuart Hill - I was there
- D King-Smith - Sheep Pig
- Karen Ball - Pompeii
- Lloyd Jones - Beowulf
- Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Shaun Tan - Eric
- Clive King - Stig of the Dump
- Philip Pullman - Firework Makers Daughter
- Alfred Noyes - The Highwayman
- Julia Green - The Wilderness War
- Charles Dickens - Oliver Twist
- Michelle Magorian - Goodnight Mr Tom
- Michael Morpurgo - Kensuke's kingdom
- Louis Sacher - Holes
- Lewis Carrol - Jabberwocky