At Pomphlett Primary School, we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We recognise the importance of children taking pride in their reading and writing across the whole curriculum and therefore teach all children to read and write clearly and accurately. As children become more confident writers, they learn to adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. Speaking and listening is recognised as an essential part of this process and children are encouraged to use discussion in a range of contexts to develop their ideas and confidence.
The 2014 National Curriculum states that:
‘English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.
Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.’
These aims are embedded across our English lessons and the wider curriculum. We have a well organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion using a wide variety of texts and resources to motivate and inspire our children.
As a result, we are continuing to develop a school of passionate readers and writers who enjoy developing literacy skills alongside their peers. They are confident to take challenges in their reading and writing, and enjoy discussing and sharing their ideas.
Reading is an integral part of the school curriculum and a fundamental life skill that impacts on all areas of learning. We value the importance of being a confident reader and work hard to develop children’s reading skills.
Early Years and Key Stage 1
In Foundation and Year 1 and 2 there is greater emphasis on phonics; this is then built upon and consolidated throughout the rest of the school.
During daily phonics sessions, children can revisit previous learning, learn new skills, practise and apply their phonic knowledge.
All children are given a decodable reading book which is specifically matched to the phonics level they are working at. The books vary in several ways, including layout, size, vocabulary and length, to allow the children to develop skills in inference and deduction. Matching reading book directly to their phonics knowledge helps them become confident and fluent readers.
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage Two, children receive reading book which is linked directly to their reading level. This is assessed regularly to ensure an appropriate level of challenge and skill to continue to improve their reading skills. Once the children become ‘free readers’ they can begin to choose their own reading books.
Please refer to our Reading Policy for more detailed information.
The programmes of study for writing at key stages 1 and 2 are constructed into 2 aspects:
- transcription (spelling and handwriting)
- composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing)
It is our vision at Pomphlett that every child will learn to write by being given real and exciting materials and opportunities. We will show and explain everyday occurrences to the children and inspire them to write creatively. Through our newly designed curriculum we are sharing texts that will inspire children to emulate different writing styles.
From Foundation – Year 6 we encourage children to read their work for enjoyment, to read it aloud to others and provide audiences for writing. We want children to have an understanding that writing has a real purpose and that word choice and style can bring about change.
Please refer to our learning objectives for more detailed information about each year group.
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS)
Teaching grammar, punctuation and spelling at Pomphlett provides opportunities for teachers to enhance pupils’ vocabulary from their reading and writing. As vocabulary increases, teachers should show pupils how to understand the relationships between words, how to understand nuances in meaning, and how to develop their understanding of, and ability to use, figurative language.
Pupils are taught how to work out and clarify the meanings of unknown words and words with more than 1 meaning in English and within the wider curriculum
Pupils are taught to control their speaking and writing consciously and to use Standard English. It is then that we teach the elements of spelling, grammar, punctuation.
Throughout the English programmes of study, teachers plan time to teach pupils the vocabulary they need to discuss their reading, writing and spoken language. It is important that pupils learn the correct grammatical terms in English and that these terms are embedded in our whole school curriculum.