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Purpose:

Learning Standard English is crucial. For young children or anyone new to English, English will support the development of being able to read, basic mathematics skills and communication.

Reading is placed at the heart of the creative curriculum and learning is brought alive using a range of different teaching strategies which inspire the children and evoke excitement, allowing children to become immersed in a huge range of literature.  Analysing literature challenges children to understand characters’ motivations, cultural contexts, and the causes and effects of various actions in the plot lines of stories. Learning to analyse literature effectively not only teaches children how to better enjoy books, music and film, but also how to better understand the causes and effects taking place in their family, school neighbourhood and the world around them. English teaches children to understand their world with nuance and conviction.

Importance is placed on making learning in English relevant to children’s interests and experiences.  The English curriculum supports the development of SMSC through the use of texts from a variety of countries, eras and languages to teach children to respect different cultures and traditions.   Children are encouraged to draw on and use new vocabulary from their reading, and from their wider experiences. 

Using carefully selected texts ensures that children are exposed to and use a wide range of English vocabulary.  Talk in writing is key, ensuring all children develop an excellent range of vocabulary and practice aloud their ideas and edit before recording them.  It is important that children revisit their writing, edit and improve, before creating the final piece of fluent writing.  Good handwriting speeds up children’s writing leaving them free to concentrate on composition, spelling and grammar.  Grammar is an integral part of English and great emphasis is placed on the use of games, drama and other interactive strategies to support children master Standard English.  Spelling and phonics are taught daily in planned sessions and are practised throughout the day through guided reading, shared reading and teacher modelling.  

Key English Questions:

  • What effect does the author have on the reader?
  • How does the choice of vocabulary change how the reader feels?
  • How will you prove your inference is correct?
  • What strategies will you use to help you understand new vocabulary?
  • How will you ensure your writing engages the reader?

Essential Key Skills

  • To engage with challenging texts from a range of authors, cultures and time periods
  • Develop the ability and desire to read widely for pleasure and information
  • Use a wide range of vocabulary effectively in writing and speaking
  • Develop a secure knowledge of grammatical conventions and apply them in English
  • Use phonics and spelling patterns to support reading and writing
  • Develop effective handwriting.

Using and applying Maths within English

Children are encouraged to explain and present their ideas using accurate mathematical vocabulary. Spellings are highlighted in maths books and where possible mathematical experiences are linked to the core text. Mathematical concepts are used to explore ideas linked to the core text – line graphs of emotions, map of the fictitious country, writing and making accurate recipes.

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