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 Intent

 

It is our intention when teaching the English curriculum that our pupils acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to become lifelong learners and linguists. We strive to ensure that all our pupils receive a well-rounded learning experience when reading, writing, speaking and listening which will equip them with the fundamental tools to achieve in Emmaus and beyond. It is our intention to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality texts to instil a love for reading, a passion for discovery and a confidence to explore their imagination.

English is a core subject of the National Curriculum and a prerequisite for educational and social progress as it underpins the work undertaken in all other areas of the curriculum. The acquisition of language skills is of the utmost importance to us here at Emmaus and therefore the teaching of all aspects of English is given a high priority within school. Confidence in basic language skills enables children to communicate creatively and imaginatively, preparing them for their future journey through education and beyond.

Our aim is to:

· Ensure that every child becomes a reader, a writer and confident speaker by the time they leave Emmaus Primary School.

· To promote and instil a love for reading, writing and high-quality literature into pupils at all ages.

· To derive an English curriculum which is sequenced to develop the acquisition of knowledge and skills.

 

Implementation

 

English is a core subject in the National Curriculum. We use the National Curriculum 2014 and Letters and Sounds to inform our planning and as the basis for implementing the statutory requirements of the programme of study for English. In accordance with the planning procedures, English is planned both discretely and as a vehicle for learning in other areas. We base our school medium-term plans on Liverpool Education Authority planning which is derived around a sequence of high quality age-appropriate texts. These plans define what we teach and ensure an appropriate balance and distribution of work. English lessons are complemented by regular Basic Skills sessions which include grammar, handwriting and spelling sessions.

The skills that children develop in English are linked to, and applied in, every subject of our curriculum. The children’s skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening enable them to communicate and express themselves in all areas of their work in school. 

 

Time allocations for English:

Foundation Stage

Daily Phonics for 15 – 20 minutes.

Handwriting, including physical handwriting taught as part of phonics teaching.

Guided early writing activities.

Early writing activities and opportunities provided daily – writing table, role play area.

Guided reading completed weekly.

Grammar taught in context across the curriculum.

 

Key Stage 1

Daily Phonics 15 - 30 minutes.

Daily Guided Reading sessions (each group once weekly).

Handwriting practice explicitly through weekly Basic Skills sessions and applied across the curriculum.

Grammar taught explicitly through weekly Basic Skills sessions and in context across the curriculum.

Extended writing taught across the curriculum.

 

Key Stage 2

Daily Guided Reading sessions (each group once per week).

Handwriting practice explicitly through weekly Basic Skills sessions and across the curriculum.

Grammar taught explicitly through weekly Basic Skills sessions and in context across the curriculum.

Handwriting practice/application within phonics/spelling teaching.

Extended writing taught across the curriculum.

Spelling focus x 2 a week in KS2.

Phonics interventions / whole class focus where needed - games to consolidate and reinforce.

 

Impact

 

We strive to ensure that our children's attainment is in line or exceeds their potential when we consider the varied starting points of all our children. We measure this using a range of materials, whilst always considering the age-related expectations for each year group. 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 Nursery. We intend the impact of our English curriculum will ensure our pupils are academically prepared for life beyond primary school and throughout their educational journey.

 

Promoting British Values through the English Curriculum

Throughout their time at Emmaus Primary School, children are introduced to a range of texts from our literary heritage, encouraging them to further explore the works of British writers. The study of non-fiction texts provides students and teachers with the opportunity to address topical issues and consider different social, political, religious and cultural attitudes and contexts. A wide variety of novels, news reports, magazine articles, non-fiction texts and internet sources are used which lend themselves to promoting our fundamental British Values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and tolerance and mutual respect.

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Meet the Reading Ambassadors

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Introducing our Reading Ambassadors

Hello, we are the Emmaus Reading Ambassadors and we have an important job to do in school. We all love to read and our job is to encourage others to read too. 

We meet each half term and discuss ways in which we can promote reading for pleasure, including sharing ideas and opinions from our class mates.

Our first job is to judge the reading class areas.  This will take place on Tuesday 22nd October.

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