Vision for English
At Church Hill C of E Junior school, we believe that reading, writing and all related spelling and grammar skills are essential for success in later life. We aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language in order to express their emotions and ideas in an everyday, real world context and to further their learning. We believe it is imperative to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment and therefore develop avid readers who are able to express preferences and opinions about what they’ve read; in this way we encourage each individual child’s light to shine.
We embed reading and writing across the curriculum, helping children gain the skills necessary to become lifelong learners and understand how to communicate effectively in a wide range of situations for a variety of purposes. Through our teaching of English, we aim to promote a love of reading and empower children to become lifelong readers and learners.
Each English sequence builds towards a piece of writing that showcases pupils’ acquired knowledge, skills and understanding. We aim for all our children to become proficient editors who can identify areas of improvement and refine and edit their writing, so it takes into account appropriate language and style in a range of contexts. We aspire that our pupils acquire a wide and rich vocabulary, where they understand nuances of meaning and are able to use word families and spelling patterns to spell unfamiliar words correctly. We also encourage our children to take pride in the presentation of their writing and intend that our pupils leave school being able to use fluent, legible and joined handwriting.
Fundamentally, we intend that through our teaching of English, we promote a love of reading and empower children to become lifelong readers and learners.
The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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 and that of other cultures.
- 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.
(National Curriculum in England: English Programmes of Study, DfE 2014)
Here are some useful websites to support Grammar & Writing:
BBC bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f
Topmarks literacy: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar