At our school we believe that a high quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and a habit of reading widely and often. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts. We want to inspire children to be confident in the art of speaking and listening and to ensure that they can use discussion to communicate and further their learning.
We believe that children need to develop a secure knowledge-base in Literacy, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. We believe that a secure basis in literacy skills is crucial to a high quality education and will give our children the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.
We aim to enable every child to gain in confidence and develop transferable skills in English so that they successfully:
- Read a variety of texts with fluency, accuracy and expression, showing a good understanding
- Develop the habit of reading regularly and widely, both for pleasure and to discover new information
- Appreciate our rich and varied literacy heritage
- Develop a legible, joined style of handwriting
- Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style across a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- Use discussion in order to learn. Be fluent and articulate in the use of the spoken work to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate At Oak Cottage we use a cross curricular approach to ensure that English is placed at the heart of the curriculum.
Phonics is taught following the Letters and Sounds scheme supplemented with online resources from Phonics Play. We use phonically decodable reading books through Foundation Stage and KS1 as children develop their phonic knowledge. Our books are from Dandelion Readers, Collins Big Cat, Comic for Phonics,Bug Club, Rigby Star, ORT phonics. As children become able to easily decode books using phonics they move onto colour banded books and self selected library books.
Some children will struggle to develop their phonological awareness and we aim to identify these children quickly and put in place individual and small group support.
Our English scheme of work for KS1 and 2 is based on high quality childrens' books for half termly English units of work. These include classic childrens' literature such as Wind in the Willows and Alice in Wonderland, hard hitting modern books such as Trash, poetry and non fiction books.. Each half term a book is studied in depth and used as the driver for Reading, Writing, Grammar and Spelling as well as Speaking and Listening.
Spelling is taught using No Nonsense Spelling. Please look at the spelling document below for information about what is covered in specific year groups.
Reading for pleasure is always high on our agenda and we have a lovely spacious library and well stocked book corners in each classroom as well as a special library outside Mrs McGowan's office. Both children and staff are keen readers and are often seen swopping recommendations and discussing what they are currently reading.
We have a very close relationship with Gorton library and we regularly visit for author and creative events. This year one of our aims is to get every one of our children signed up as members of the library and using it.
We love to welcome authors to school and also take advantage of the many free activities offered by the library services in Manchester
Please look at the tabs below for more information on each aspect of English and the detail of our English curriculum.
English in Action
English in Action
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