In English, there are three main areas of focus: reading, writing and speaking and listening. Each class shares a text and from this text writing opportunities are created where pupils are encouraged to become ‘writers. In KS1, there are three genres which pupils focus on: narrative, information and instructions. Whereas in KS2, there are a range of genres including: discursive, narrative, explanation, biographies, instructions, recounts, newspaper reports, persuasive and non-chronological reports. Writing is an important part of the whole curriculum and in English we give the pupils many opportunities to write, editing their work by refining vocabulary and sentences to make their writing more effective. As part of developing the pupils as independent learners, they are given the opportunity to assess their work using our assessment package – Assertive Mentoring. This helps the pupils to focus their skills, making sure their work is grammatically secure.
In Reading, we encourage pupils to read for pleasure as ‘readers’. We develop their fluency and comprehension by listening to them in class and with the support of reading at home. Reading regularly out loud is extremely important and it helps pupils develop use of expression and an understanding of the different punctuation marks and their uses. In KS1, it is vitally important that pupils are given opportunities to read texts to become confident in reading and can develop understanding skills. Pupils may keep books for two days in a row to help their fluency and comprehension. In KS2, we continue to develop fluency and comprehension, but also endeavour to introduce the children to more novels through shared reading and books being read at home.
Each year group has particular objectives to achieve and these can be found in the documents below: