KS2 English

"Teaching is consistently outstanding in English and mathematics. School leaders have implemented very effective literacy and numeracy policies which have contributed to the high levels of attainment in English and mathematics" Ofsted, June 2014

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English lies at the heart of the National Curriculum. The knowledge and skills involved in speaking, listening, reading and writing are the means of learning throughout the school curriculum. The language development of all children is of tremendous importance because it is the key to all learning, without language other areas of the curriculum could not be understood.

Our Aim

Our aim as teachers is to help children develop confidence, skills, understanding and knowledge in all aspects of English and apply these skills across the curriculum. High standards and expectations will provide the basis for the children's work, both in content and presentation.

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is flexible and responds to the needs of the children. Lessons are meaningful giving children real audiences and contexts where possible, creating challenge and reinforcing core skills.

When planning our lessons we aim for the children to learn through engaging and challenging texts, which stimulate imagination and gives them the confidence to move beyond what is familiar, to new skills in speaking and writing. They develop the depth of their understanding of what they read, hear and see. Children are taught to be competent users of spoken and written English, enabling them to participate fully in the world beyond school.

The curriculum is made up of the following areas:-

Spoken Language

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Spoken Language is woven into every lesson. If children speak well, with confidence, in a range of situations, they will develop strong reading and writing skills. Children are taught how to speak in a range of contexts, adapting what they say and how they say it. They are taught how to respond appropriately to others, thinking about what has been said and the language used.

Reading

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Reading can be a wonderful, relaxing experience and can open up a whole new world for our children. We aim for children to become confident readers, but we also want them to enjoy the experience. If children can read fluently they can develop as independent learners. Hearing children read is important but it is only a small part of the picture. Through guided reading activities, children are taught how to make sense of what they are reading so that reading becomes a skill they can use to support all of their learning, in all subjects.

Writing

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Writing is an essential skill and by providing children with engaging activities, we believe we can foster confidence and a lifelong love of writing. Children will be able to write well if their speaking & listening and reading skills are fluent. Our cross-curricular approach ensures that children are provided with a wealth of writing opportunities – not just during English lessons. Children are taught how to write with an audience in mind, how to use a rich vocabulary to convey thoughts and ideas and how, through using accurate spelling and punctuation, the reader is able to receive the full meaning intended.  

Grammar and Punctuation

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Grammar is concerned with the way in which sentences are used in spoken language, in reading and in writing. Grammar is taught in creative and meaningful ways that go beyond simply knowing terms and categories, towards encouraging children to love playing with grammar and language. The purpose of punctuation is to clarify the meaning of texts. Readers use punctuation to help make sense of written texts while writers use punctuation to help communicate intended meaning to the reader.

In Year 5, the children study novels, poetry, short stories, plays and non-fiction texts.  While studying these texts, children develop their reading skills of inference and deduction, as well as analysing writers’ language.  In Year 5 there is a strong focus on developing children’s writing skills through exploring poetry and writing a range of narrative and non-fiction texts.

In Year 6, the children study fiction using a range of texts, including novels, short stories, a variety of poetic forms, comparing a text with the film version and short stories from different genres.  Non-fiction includes: autobiographies, biographies, recounts, reports, explanations, instructions, arguments and use of reference texts, dictionaries and thesauruses.

The school uses Renaissance Reading to support and track progress in reading within both year groups. Renaissance Reading is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice. Teachers can create a reading programme to meet the needs of every student. Using information generated, teachers can help children select books that are difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not too difficult to cause frustration. Renaissance Reading aims to develop a lifelong love of reading and motivate children of all ages to read more suitably challenging, books.