English Curriculum Statement
Our intent for English at Weyford Nursey and Primary Academy is to ensure that all pupils have access to rich and varied opportunities in a range of reading and writing genres. Throughout the curriculum at Weyford, pupils are taught to read, write, use appropriate and effective vocabulary and listen so that they can communicate effectively with others. Our English Curriculum aims to be a curriculum that is accessible and challenging for all. Taught through quality texts which are ambitious and varied we aim to develop fluency, confidence and enjoyment in reading for all pupils. Writing is an important part of our curriculum and we aim to deliver high quality and exciting lessons which are linked to our inspiring texts including non fiction, narratives, and poetry. All children from Foundation Stage to Year 6 are provided with many opportunities to develop and apply their English skills across all areas of the curriculum.
Our curriculum allows for a progressive approach where attainment is assessed regularly and gaps in learning are addressed effectively for all pupils
In addition to daily literacy lessons, we have also implemented daily phonics and spelling sessions for all children across the primary phase
In EYFS and KS1 phonics is taught through the programme Little Wandle where high quality teaching focuses on the acquisition of phonics knowledge, language comprehension and the skills to communicate. Children have access to phonetically matched books which link to the phonics knowledge they are learning. In KS2 spellings are taught through the programme Spelling Shed which focusses on the embedding of spelling rules.
All children have a thirty-minute Guided Reading session where we use a wide variety of quality texts and resources to motivate and inspire our children. We also provide a wealth of enrichment opportunities, including: World Book Week and Oracy competitions. In our reading sessions pupils read for pleasure and books are used to enhance and support learning and through staff modelling we aim to promote a love of reading for pleasure. To support fluency, smaller groups have been set up to allow them to continue to develop a range of reading skills.
Teachers ensure that they model good speaking, listening, writing and reading skills to support pupils in their development of language and vocabulary skills.
Writing is purposeful and interesting with good quality hooks to engage the children. We build upon previous learning to develop the skills they will need as writers.
By the time the children leave Weyford Academy, they will have experienced a wide and diverse range of quality texts which allows for them to become confident writers and readers who can read and write for a range of different purposes.
From year 2-6 as a school we follow the ‘Spelling Shed’ spelling programme. The focus of the programme is on the teaching of spelling, exploring the spelling conventions – patterns and rules; but integral to the teaching is the opportunity to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings.
Reading Key stage 2
Each child is informally assessed by the class teacher when entering key stage 2 and a colour is allocated to the child dependant on their reading age.
Within school our approach to handwriting is cursive , which begins in year R and moves up throughout the school. The children learn how to form their letters correctly, in addition to the correct way to join. It also focusses on ascenders and descenders being formed correctly.