The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of spoken and written language and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
The aims of English education in our school are to:
The intent behind our school’s English curriculum
The English curriculum at St Gabriel’s Catholic Primary School aims to equip pupils to become fluent, confident readers and develop in them a love of reading and a passion for learning which will help pupils gain knowledge, skills and understanding in all curriculum areas.
By rooting the curriculum in quality texts, consisting of a broad range of genres, we intend to foster a love of reading which encourages children to recognise the pleasure they can get from their reading and to understand that reading allows them to discover new knowledge, revisit prior knowledge and understand more about what they learn, fuelling their imagination for ideas to use in their own work. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.
Opportunities are provided across all curricular areas for the development and application of speaking, listening and writing skills to help all pupils acquire the requisite skills and knowledge to be successful, independent and motivated life-long learners.
Teachers plan lesson sequences that develop pupils’ ability to write clearly, accurately, and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
Our wider curriculum provides regular opportunities for pupils to confidently use and apply the writing and spoken language skills they have acquired from the English Curriculum.
Children are taught to apply their phonetical and spelling knowledge and their grammatical knowledge in their writing.
Word acquisition is made a priority using a structured approach to teaching vocabulary and ensures children are exposed to a large number of words at the right level. Children are encouraged to link oral and written vocabulary.
Please read the English Policy document below for full details of how we intend to implement the above.
- Children will make at least good progress in reading, writing and speaking and listening from their last point of statutory assessment or from their starting point in Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS).
- Children will use their English knowledge and skills, in all curriculum areas, to enable them to be active in their learning so that they can construct their own knowledge and can think creatively and flexibly.
- Children will be confident readers with a love of reading and make at least good progress in reading from their last point of statutory assessment of from their starting point in EYFS.
- Children will use their reading skills as a key tool in helping them to learn, and as a result, they can construct their own knowledge and can think creatively and flexibly.
- Children will be able to produce written work in all areas of the curriculum of a similar standard which evidences good progress from their last point of statutory assessment point or their starting point in EYFS.
- Children will learn strategies for independent word learning and have opportunities to enjoy words.
- Teachers can be confident in their assessments.
- Children take a pride in the presentation of their work.