Our English curriculum is based around The Power of Reading. The Power of Reading explores a range of genres, based on quality texts which give children the opportunity to really become immersed in a book. The important elements of inference, deduction and comprehension are an essential part of reading, beyond the decoding of words and are fully established through this programme. Children develop their writing through their exploration of the text and thus the Power of Reading provides a cohesive learning experience, knitting the reading and writing together. Teachers model expression and fluency in reading which is also so important.
We also develop our young writers through using Pie Corbett stories and strategies. This helps children become confident in telling stories and then putting them into writing. As children develop a firm understanding of different genres and story structures, they then become confident writers as they start to use the 3 ‘I’s, imitation innovation, and independent application to develop their own stories. Every other week, we make sure children have a Big Write session, which allows them to carry out sustained writing, generally as a culmination of learning around a text. This is done with complete independence.
To develop children’s phonic knowledge we use Letters and Sounds and Support for Spelling. In addition to this, we make sure children have good grounding in punctuation and grammar. Children find VCOP (vocabulary, conjunctions, openers and punctuation) pyramids as helpful prompts and ACARPPIE (Adverbs, conjunctions, adjectives, relative pronouns, prepositions, powerful verbs, ‘ing’ words and ‘ed’ words) strategy used across Key Stage Two.
Speaking and Listening is an essential part of our Literacy curriculum. Talk for Thought is used with our younger children where language needs to be further developed. Likewise, children also retell Pie Corbett stories. Children have the opportunity to present to others their own areas of interest on a regular basis and some homework events also encourage this. There are often items on the newsletters which encourage families to discuss ideas.