At Ghyllgrove Primary School we believe that a quality English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We have a rigorous and well organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. Our curriculum closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English 2014 to enable all children to:
● read easily, fluently and with good understanding
● develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
● acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
● appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
● write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
● use discussion in order to learn; they should be able 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.
These aims are embedded across our English lessons and the wider curriculum. We will provide the means for children to develop a secure knowledge-base in English, which follows a clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum. Rigorous assessment and review will ensure that we are able to provide targeted support so that all children experience success in English; we believe that a secure basis in English 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.
A wide variety of literature is studied and the children are encouraged to develop their creativity through a range of writing styles. Punctuation and grammar teaching form an integral part of the English teaching.
We follow the Penpals Handwriting Scheme which encourages the development of a clear handwriting style.
Reading and Phonics
Here at Ghyllgrove, we aim to provide a rich and stimulating reading and phonics curriculum that will inspire and promote independent readers with a life-time love for reading. We aim to encourage and promote a wide and challenging range of authors, genres and text types, that cross the curriculum and demonstrate high quality texts and vibrant vocabulary that engages all readers and influences their writing. We achieve the above by linking reading and phonics together cohesively across the curriculum.
Reading takes place through the structured teaching of phonics. Phonics lessons are taught using the Letters and Sounds Programme of study as well as Jolly Phonics in EYFS and KS1.
Bug Club is used to support the teaching of phonics and promotes reading comprehension at school and home. Children are allocated e-books and are encouraged to read and answer the questions.
In Key stage one guided reading forms one lesson in the English lessons for the week. It gives children the opportunity to learn the mechanics and understanding of reading. Children also complete comprehension questions based on the text they have read.
We use a range of reading schemes which have been levelled to provide continuity and progression in reading skills and which challenges the children. In the Foundation Stage we follow the Early Learning Goals and the work for all children is appropriately challenging. Colour banded books are sent home to be read to an adult at least three times a week, these books are changed weekly. Children will receive a certificate once they move onto a different coloured book band.
As a School we encourage parents and carers to read 3 times a week and record this in the home school diary. In School the number of times children read that week is totalled up and then certificates are given out for every 25 times the children read. This is then displayed in the individual classes.
The school follows the National curriculum for English. This is achieved through English lessons involving whole class, group and individual work as well as other lessons covering spelling, punctuation, grammar and handwriting.
Children practise spellings through a range of activities in class throughout the week as well as taking weekly spellings home to practise each week.