Subjects - English
English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society. (Taken from the NC document)
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At St Andrew’s, we have a range of quality texts that children read and then use as a stimulus for their writing.
From this, children are able to develop their use, knowledge and understanding of spoken and written English within a broad and balanced curriculum. We aim for all children to read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, using a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct. We aim for all children to write a range of text types, media types and genres and to be able to write in a variety of styles and forms which are appropriate to the situation. We aim for all children to develop a love of reading and a desire to read for enjoyment with an interest in words and their meanings and to develop a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms.
In writing, daily lessons are used to form a learning journey using ‘Cold and Hot’ writing across all the genres – both fiction and non-fiction. Children have the opportunity to use speaking and listening to form ‘Talk for Writing’ to link to their topic/book and to share ideas. After using a WAGOLL (What a good one looks like), children are introduced to the skills and features that they need to use in their own writing. Teachers then deliver a series of skills lesson (which incorporate grammar and punctuation) so that children can practise the skills before writing independently. Once all the skills have been taught, children have the opportunity to write at length and in detail using all the skills. Children then have the opportunity to edit and improve their work. In reading, children are taught reading skills (DERIC) where children answer a range of ‘DERIC’ style questions.
We will know that English is successful at St Andrews with children enjoying writing across a range of genres; children of all abilities will succeed in all English lessons; children will have a wide vocabulary in verbal and written form; and children will enjoy reading for pleasure. Children will be able to demonstrate these skills across a broad range of subjects.